sadc_logo2.jpgThe Southern African Development Community (SADC) has announced plans to launch mobile HIV and Aids clinics along major trade routes in the region.

The decision was reached at a SADC Meeting of Health Ministers held in the Democratic Republic of Congo last week.


The resolution is said to have come after realising that while a number of countries have instituted border area interventions associated with some mobile groups, these initiatives do not provide for continuity of services to mobile populations and also do not recognise the HIV and Aids impacts of mobility on affected communities.


SADC is said to have identified a total of 32 border sites for the mobile clinics.


South Africa will host four, two will be in Lesotho, with Botswana and Swaziland hosting one apiece.


The initiative will be funded by the Global Fund.


Mobility within the SADC has been cited as one of the main causes of the spread on HIV and AIDS. Governments within the region have set to roll out the programme by January 2011.