UCT's response to HIV/AIDS
UCT continues to play an important role in responding to the HIV/AIDS challenge within the education sector. Through its programmes, the university aims to provide prevention, treatment, care and support for its thousands of students and employees.
The university's response has four distinct components:
- Leadership, policy, management and service provision;
- Curriculum responsiveness;
- Research development;
- Social responsiveness, consulting and materials development
Leadership, policy & service provision
UCT has a co-ordinated policy on HIV infection which outlines its institutional response through staff and student support services; incorporating HIV/AIDS teaching into the academic curricula; and support of ongoing and innovative research related to HIV and AIDS.
The Office of the Vice-Chancellor (OVC) is responsible for UCT's HIV and AIDS policy.
HIV/AIDS Institutional Co-Ordination Unit (HAICU), situated within the Transformation Services Office (TSO), coordinates and implements many aspects of the university's response, outlined in the UCT Policy on HIV infection and AIDS.
Policy co-ordination and implementation is overseen by the HIV & AIDS Policy Implementation (HAPI) Group, which is comprised of representatives from HAICU, the Student Wellness Service, Human Resources and Health & Safety.
Policy implementation is the responsibility of HAICU, the Student Wellness Service SWS), Human Resources, Health and Safety, Communications and Marketing, Research and Innovation and the faculties.
UCT continues to produce important research on HIV and AIDS across all disciplines. A significant number of HIV and AIDS-related research projects have been conducted, making important contributions to the way in which HIV is addressed in South Africa and the global community. These projects include:The AIDS and Society Research Unit (ASRU), within the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR), produced a diverse range of research and working papers and the Centre for Actuarial Research (CARe) modeled the impact of the epidemic.The Children's Institute, Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Red Cross Children's Hospital and the School of Child and Adolescent Health (SCAH) investigated child-focused interventions, mainly concerning the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), antiretroviral therapy (ART) and the association with TB.
The Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IIDMM) continued with its groundbreaking research into diagnostics, multi-drug resistance, vaccines, and the relationship between HIV infection and cervical human papilloma virus, as well as tuberculosis and other opportunistic infections.
UCT has a wide scope and diversity of HIV-related social responsiveness initiatives, as well as associated consulting and materials development undertaken by staff. Outreach initiatives relate to curriculum and research projects. They also relate to co-curricula responses that deal directly with HIV
For example, the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre's mobile clinic - the Tutu Tester - provides HIV testing, as well as screening for other common chronic diseases, by travelling to many under-serviced communities in greater Cape Town.
For further information on UCT's institutional response to HIV/AIDS download the Council HIV/AIDS reports below.
Council HIV/AIDS report (2011)