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SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS wellness takes to the road


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JOHANNESBURG, 31 August (PLUSNEWS) - South Africa's 10th Road Wellness Centre, an initiative that educates truck-drivers and sex-workers about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted illnesses, was launched in North West province this week.

The new centre is accessible daily from 6am to midnight, with a qualified nurse on duty to offer healthcare and counselling.

A local paper, The Pretoria News, quoted provincial Health Minister Nomonde Rasmeni as saying, "These truckers, because of the nature of their jobs, are away from their families and society's support structures for long periods of time. This renders them a high-risk group, vulnerable to another equally high-risk group of sex-workers or women at risk."

The new centre is funded by a three-year pledge of almost US $920,000 by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

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