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World Aids Day: South Africa Calls for Renewed Effort

News24   in 
December 1, 2014

Johannesburg – Even though the situation with HIV/Aids has improved, the world still needed to draw its attention back to the realities of the disease, the FW de Klerk Foundation said on Sunday, the eve of World Aids Day.

“During each week and every week since March this year – an average of 3 300 people have died of Aids in South Africa,” said executive director of the foundation, Dave Steward.

Yet, he said: “There are no longer any news stories about Aids. The media does not cover the thousands of funerals that take place every week.”

Nevertheless he said each death was a “tragedy” to the families of those who died – especially children who were orphaned through the disease.

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