Durban Consul General Previews New Health Initiative

Richard Cookson (Garlicke & Bousfield ), Frances Chisholm (U.S. Consul General), Arthi Ramkissoon (MATCH)

Garlicke & Bousfield Attorneys recently hosted U.S. Consul General, Frances Chisholm, to discuss the latest United States initiatives on HIV /AIDS in ‪South Africa.

Consul General Chisholm indicated that ‪‎U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Nike Foundation, to launch an international initiative, ‪DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women) to reduce new HIV infections in Sub-Saharan African countries.

Five districts have been identified for the pilot programs, two of which are in Gauteng and three in KwaZulu-Natal. The aim is to reduce incidences of HIV infection within the target group by 25% in the first year and by 40% in the second.