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SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY (SADC)
MEETING ON NUTRITION AND HIV/AIDS

Johannesburg November 28 and 29, 2002

BRIEF REPORT

Prepared by Roberto Giraldo, MD, New York.

1. ORGANIZATION.

This meeting on Nutrition and HIV/AIDS was organized by the Health Sector Coordinating Unit of SADC and the Departments of Health of the fourteen SADC member states: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Dr. Thuthula Bolfour, Director of the Health Sector Coordinating Unit of SADC, with headquarters in Pretoria.
Mr. Manasa Dzirikure, HIV/AIDS Project Manager of the SADC Health Sector Coordinating Unit.

2. GOALS OF THE MEETING.

3. WHO ATTENDED?

Approximately fifty people: Two delegates from each of the SADC Departments of Health, one delegate from UNICEF, two from UNAIDS, several traditional healers and alternative/complimentary therapists, affected individuals, and two international lecturers, Dr. Okezie Arouma from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, from London, and me from New York.

4. ISSUES ADDRESSED.

Each lecture was followed by experiences on the issue by one of the SADC member states, and general discussion. In this manner we had the opportunity to have a broad discussion of issues in the Southern African region. Some key matters:

5. CONCLUSIONS.

Consultant for the meeting, Dr. Nceba Gqaleni, Director of the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Natal, School of Family and Public Health Medicine, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa. Dr. Gqaleni presented the opening address at the meeting, as well as the closing address.

The following are some key issues, not in order:

6. RECOMMENDATIONS.

7. REPORT AND FOLLOW UP.

There will be a detailed report containing all lectures, discussions, conclusions and recommendations, to be presented to the Ministers of Health of the fourteen SADC member states. When the report is available at a website I will disseminate notification of it.

At he beginning of the year 2003, there will be a second meeting with the Ministers of Health of the SADC member states.

 

Roberto A. Giraldo
www.RobertoGiraldo.com


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