Billions have been made available for ARVs to be given to HIV-positive people and to prevent transmission of the virus from mothers to their babies, and the government also launched and pushed the ABC (abstain, be faithful, use a condom) message in a bid to arrest the epidemic.
Recently it was touted as a success that millions of people were now on government-funded ARVs.
I don’t consider it a success. I think it shows rather that the ABC message did not reach these millions of people. However, I accept that without the campaign the number of HIV-positive people we would now be supporting would be much, much higher.
Like your correspondent C August, I therefore also call for a concerted campaign to educate people about contraception, the consequences of not using contraception, responsibility towards those we bring into this world, and a bit of basic economics - that you can take better care of a small family rather than a large one.