NACA Continues Fight Against HIVAids Fights

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Botswana remains committed to ending HIVAIDS via intensified efforts to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, deputy coordinator with National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA), Mr Fraiser Tlhoiwe has said.

Speaking during Serowe health fair recently, Mr Tlhoiwe said for every 100 babies born to HIV positive mothers, only four or less were born with the virus. “This is commendable but there is need to redouble the efforts to ensure that no baby is born with HIV in Botswana,” Mr Tlhoiwe said.

He also said the number of HIV related deaths were reduced drastically by ensuring that all eligible for treatment were enrolled and assisted. Safe male circumcision, he said, was another intervention that government was implementing as an add-on strategy to reduce new HIV infections.

Thus, he indicated that 115 000 eligible men had been circumcised against a target of 385 000 since 2009.

He informed the gathering that district health fairs aimed at providing communities with HIV and AIDS and prevention messages as well as creating awareness on existing programmes to increase access and utilisation of existing services.

The deputy coordinator reiterated the words of former US president and AIDS free champion Bill Clinton at the 2014 international AIDS conference in Melbourne that ‘an AIDS free generation is within reach, we just need to step up the pace.’

For his part, SOS children’s village board chairperson, Major General Bakwena Oitsile emphasised the importance of prevention observing that it was the heartbeat of public health. He warned that behaviour change was still a challenge in Botswana citing statistics that showed an estimated 10 000 new infections annually.

“Although significant milestones have been achieved prevention from mother to child transmission of HIV at a coverage rate of more than 96 per cent and anti-retroviral programme at a rate of 88 per cent , prevention of new infections remains a challenge,” said Maj. Gen. Oitsile.

HIV and AIDS health fairs campaigns were revived in 2013 starting with four districts and then increased to six districts in 2014. The Serowe district health fair was the fifth of the planned fairs for this year.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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