South Africa is the unenviable epicentre of the HIV pandemic with 0.7% of the global population sadly amassing 18% of the global prevalence. The government has expanded interventions over the years to quell the epidemic. Sadly however, 58% of South Africans eligible for ARV treatment remain unable to access it. Despite the strides made by government to alleviate the HIV burden, high HIV incidence rates of 16% were reported in 2013. We can gauge from this that the current prevention and treatment processes are failing. The question is: what alternatives do we have at our disposal? And could we gauge the potential success of these?
SACEMA hosted its ‘Annual Research Days’ meeting in Stellenbosch on 24 and 25 March 2015 showcasing the research conducted by SACEMA funded postgraduate students. The Research Days have become a hallmark of the postgraduate development undertaken by SACEMA and serves to integrate the multitude of individual projects into the wider research aims of SACEMA.