With the expiring of the time bound targets of the 2008 SADC Gender Protocol (Protocol) in 2015, SADC Gender Ministers reviewed the Protocol in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Beijing Plus 20 and Agenda 2063. The new agenda is set to take forward the progress achieved in the last 15 years in the implementation of the MDGs and the Protocol and pave a way to close the existing investment and gender gaps in the region’s response to HIV and AIDS. In line with the Post 2015 theme of “leaving no one behind” there is a greater emphasis on interventions rooted in inclusivity and equality.
Some key points
- Although Southern Africa remains the epicentre of the AIDS pandemic globally, fewer people are becoming infected and dying as a result of AIDS-related diseases.
- Provision of antiretroviral therapy (ARVs) is expanding rapidly.
- Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe still have adult prevalence rates of over 10%. Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana still have adult prevalence rates above 20%. Lower mortality and more people living longer with HIV are contributing to this.