Zim scales up HIV treatment

December 2, 2021

TSITSI CHIYANGWA

 

Zimbabwe is closer than ever to the goal of ending the AIDS  epidemic  by the year 2030, according to the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care  Dr  John Mangwiro,

Dr Mangwiro said unrelenting efforts to scale up access to treatment have seen immense progress in HIV prevention in the country.  ‘

‘Of the 1.3m  HIV positive people  in Zimbabwe , 91% are now on  Anti-retroviral  therapy  up  from 88% in 2015. Through our  robust decentralised  National Anti- retroviral therapy programme which has been   enhanced  by high retention 90.3% of  people  on treatment  are  virally suppressed and  are living  longer  with HIV and  contributing to community  and national development, ” Dr Mangwiro said at the World Aids Day commemorations held  at the Chinhoyi University Technology Grounds in Mashonaland West Province.

The day is celebrated on December 1, each year. Speaking  at the occasion, National  Aids Council (NAC) chief executive officer Dr Bernard Madzima  highlighted  the  need  to have a  comprehensive approach in  dealing  with   other illnesses in the  midst  of the Covid-19 pandemic

“Rather than focusing  on HIV alone, the NAC now  spreads its resources to  assist  the ministry  and the country  in the  procurement  of  anti-cancer drugs, anti-cancer diagnostic   equipment and  when Covid-19 started, we also assisted the ministry in the response to Covid-19,” he said.

In collaboration with its partners, NAC together with their partners, continues to call for strengthening of HIV prevention which include HIV testing and counselling, voluntary medical circumcision, prevention of mother to child transmission, zero discrimination and condom use.

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