Wits RHI events for 16 Days and World AIDS Day

28 November 2014
Deborah Baron

As the Wits Reproductive Health Research Unit (Wits RHI) marks its 20th anniversary, the organisation is leading a series of public events with strong significance for STRIVE.

To mark both the 16 Days campaign and World AIDS Day, WITS RHI is teaming up with its partners in sex-worker programmes, including the City of Joburg, Sex-Workers' Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT), Sisonke and the South African Police Service (SAPS) for a key event on 2 December 2014 at the Hugh Solomon Hall on the Wits RHI campus in Hillbrow. The first of its kind specifically for and with sex workers, this event will run from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm. On the day's programme:

  • provincial and ward officials present prevention messages
  • Wits RHI introduces a tailor-made package of services for sex-workers
  • SAPS discusses sex-worker rights
  • SWEAT screens digital stories created by sexworkers
  • Wits RHI peer educators perform a role play on health issues
  • two mobile vans parked nearby offer on-the-spot HIV counselling and testing, and wellness screening

How will YOU mark World AIDS Day? STRIVE is keen to gather and share news about events that focus on structural prevention so please send yours to us.