First Things First HIV Couselling and Testing (HCT) in Limpopo

HEAIDS will launch its award-winning First Things First Campaign 2016 at Sekhukhune TVET College ,  CS Barlow Campus , Stand  676  Motetema.

Initiated in 2011, the First Things First campaign (FTFC) has been undertaken in partnership with Innovative Medicines South Africa (IMSA), up to 2012, and the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD), with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); the Department of Higher Education and Training; the Department of Health; and the South African National Aids Council (SANAC).

Preventing new infections and ensuring those infected and affected receive treatment and support they need is an urgent national priority.

First Things First is now in its sixth successful year. The ground-breaking programme advocates that the priority of South Africans and particularly youth is to look after their own health, know their HIV status, and screen for STIs and TB. This is the first activation of First Things First in Limpopo this year as the programme seeks to reach all provinces and promote HIV testing to about two million students across 429 campuses and 73 institutions of higher education and training.

The activation will be hosted by the MEC of Health in Limpopo, Dr Phophi Ramathuba. She will be accompanied by provincial leaders and college stakeholders including: CEO of Sekhukhune TVET College Mr TJ Kekana, and Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, Director of HEAIDS.