Rural town has huge success in Aids fight. How did it manage it?

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Rural town has huge success in Aids fight. How did it manage it?

Eshowe in KZN has reached the UN’s 90-90-90 goals a year ahead of schedule

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The town of Eshowe, in KwaZulu-Natal, where one in four people is living with HIV, managed to reach its UN goals with a year to spare by actively involving traditional leaders in the fight against Aids.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) started its project in 2011 to test and treat HIV among the almost 115,000 people living in Eshowe, but one of its stumbling blocks was that talking about sex was a taboo in the community.

“An adult does not talk about sex matters with children,” said MSF deputy project coordinator Musa Ndlovu...

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