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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

WITS HIV/AIDS POLICY

STATEMENT ISSUED BY PROF LM MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR EDUCATION

The UDM welcomes Wits HIV/AIDS policy launched yesterday, we applaud the university for recognising this huge challenge that faces all of South Africa.

It is especially appropriate for a university to take such a step, since the youth are the primary infection group. HIV/AIDS education and awareness at this level can make still make a difference and prevent the death of thousands of young people. It is also the youth who in future will have to manage the HIV/AIDS pandemic, awareness today will ensure lives saved tomorrow.

The UDM urges all other education institutions, at tertiary and school level, to follow the excellent example set by Wits and make HIV/AIDS education and awareness one of the central themes of their programmes.

Enquiries:

Prof Mtutuzeli Mbadi, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Education

Cape Town
08 March 2001

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