Acknowledgement of CHIVA Africa during 2021 SONA debate address

We were recently acknowledged by HRH Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi during his State of the Nation (SONA) address to Parliament for the work teaching and mentoring rural health workers in KwaZulu-Natal. We are proud of our achievements to date and appreciate His Royal Highness’ words highlighting the needs of those who work so hard to care for our underserved and vulnerable communities.

Below is an extract from Prince Buthelezi’s speech in Parliament on 16 February 2021 during the SONA Debate

There are many who deserve our thanks for what they do, under extreme circumstances. I thank every teacher who is back in the classroom, despite risk or fear. I thank all our frontline workers, those in essential services, and particularly our healthcare workers, including mental health.

 I also thank those who support our healthcare workers; organisations like CHIVA Africa which, under the leadership of Dr Karyn Moshal, is supporting our rural healthcare workers as they continue to fight HIV/AIDS in the midst of the pandemic.

 My deepest wish is that future generations will look back on this time as the darkest night that preceded the dawn; or as the president put it, the fire before new life blooms. May there be a new life for South Africa.”

We continue to play our part in ensuring that rural health workers are equipped with the skills and confidence they need to provide high quality healthcare to children and adolescents in their communities, including those living with HIV.

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