LoveLife and South Africa’s Independent Newspapers Join to Fight HIV/AIDS
South Africa's Independent Newspapers and loveLife, a national HIV prevention program aimed at youth, on Tuesday announced a five-year partnership to facilitate the groups' fight against the nation's HIV/AIDS epidemic, Xinhua News Agency reports. A biweekly newsletter for teenagers, titled Thetha Nathi (Speak to Us), will be the centerpiece of the partnership. The newsletter will debut in the Western Cape province on Nov. 5, in Gauteng province the following day and in KwaZulu-Natal province on Nov. 8. The partnership will assist loveLife in expanding its "media reach" and educational efforts, loveLife advisory board spokesperson Mandla Sibeko said. Independent Newspapers CEO Ivan Fallon said the organization believes that the "key to reducing the impact of the HIV epidemic in South Africa is to slow the rate of HIV infection among young people." According to Independent Newspapers spokesperson Amanda Marais, the organization will also seek to prevent the spread of HIV among its workforce (Xinhua News Agency, 10/3).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.