Vaal University of Technology

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HIV / AIDS Unit

The management of HIV and AIDS has been part of Student Counselling & Support for many years in the past.  The HIV Unit functioned with only one staff member, an HIV Coordinator. Services were implemented through the Campus Clinic with the assistance of the contracted HCT counsellors. The University then took a decision to prioritise HIV and review its strategic framework on HIV programmes.  A decision was then made to establish an independent HIV Unit that will focus on comprehensive implementation of the HIV programmes.  A new policy framework was approved, with a new structure (See Strategic Framework Document).  There has since been a need to establish an HIV and AIDS Independent Unit to fully focus on the programme implementation.

Institutional HIV and AIDS Unit (IHAU) is hence a newly established unit. The Unit is responsible for coordination, facilitation and implementation of HIV and AIDS Programme in alignment with Higher Education HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) Policy and Strategic Framework 2012 and the National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS, STI’s and TB 2012 – 2016.

Vision

To be a University that leads in innovative approaches to HIV&AIDS knowledge and quality responses.

Mission

To produce employable graduates who can also make an impact in society by:

• Training students and staff members to have a professional approach in dealing with HIV&AIDS.

• Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS through the University core business functions.

• Collaboration with internal, external and international stakeholders.

Goals

To reduce the number of new infection and death rate by at least 50%

• To employ initiation of at least 80% legible patients on anti-retroviral treatment (ART)

• To reduce the number of self-reported stigma and discrimination related to HIV and TB by 50%.

• To ensure accessibility to legal frame work that protects and promotes Human rights

Our Values and Principles

Respect for human dignity and diversity.

Professionalism

Acceptance, trust and confidentiality

Care and Support

Innovation