Health Awareness, And The Role Of Health Campaigns In South Africa

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Introduction
HIV/AIDS has been named a global epidemic, which has not only affected many developing countries but specifically has had a tremendous impact on South Africa. It has been one of the leading causes of death and continues as a public health concern which needs to be controlled. To be able to understand the role of health campaigns in South Africa and their efficacy, an understanding of what South Africa is facing is essential. The purpose of this paper is to provide a brief overview of the current HIV/AIDS situation in South Africa, explain the role of global recognition and awareness, and the impact and efficacy of a public and educational health campaign that are both supported by international organizations and local government.
HIV/AIDS in South Africa
South Africa has one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in the world, which is closely associated with the lack of adequate health care. (CIAWorld Factbook) As defined by the CDC, human immunodeficiency virus, also known as HIV, is a virus that gradually attacks the immune system, which is our body’s natural defense against illness. If left untreated it can take around
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In South Africa, AIDS has continuously weighed down the progress made but with the help of two powerful health campaigns people can be more educated and informed on their alternatives to combatting and preventing AIDS. The first, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), was founded in 1998 and is acknowledged as one of the most prominent civil society organizations active in campaigning for AIDS treatment. (TAC website) Two of TAC’s main campaigns include the mother-to-child campaign and the antiretroviral campaign. TAC used various methods to pressure South Africa’s government to provide AIDS treatment such as working with scientists, academics, health professionals, even Doctors without Borders. At the local level, it mobilized citizens with AIDS treatment literacy and awareness

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