Malawi making significant progress in ending HIV/AIDS

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has disclosed that new HIV infections have declined by 61% from 2010 to 2021 in Malawi, a mark which has been attributed to the expansion of treatment in the country.

This has been stated in a recent 2022 Global AIDS update that UNAIDS has issued.

In an interview, UNAIDS Malawi Country Director Nuha Ceesay believes that Malawi is making positive strides in dealing with the disease and insists that this recent mark should not be a cause of complacency for people and stakeholders.

Ceesay: We should not relent.

“Ending AIDS as a public health concern in Malawi by 2030 is not a moving target but a realistic commitment that requires predictable partnership and sustainable funding, including the increased use of domestic resources. In that manner, we believe that all stakeholders must not relent at all as we have registered this mark,” Ceesay said.

Ceesay has also stated that Malawi has seen this decrease in the wake of dwindled cultural practices that have over the years propelled the disease.

‘’Mindset change is quite critical and that is the path this nation must take,’’ he said.

According to Ceesay, in the latest findings, authorities attribute the progress to expanded HIV treatment with a focus on reaching both women and their partners through antenatal care.

This, is attached to more improved health service delivery and stigma that has been associsated with people affected by the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the report has also signaled positive efforts in seeing an end of tuberculosis related deaths.

Malawi is among top nations that have realized significant levels in ending such deaths from the same stipulated period of time.

‘’Among 30 tuberculosis–HIV high-burden countries, the most significant declines in tuberculosis-related deaths among people living with HIV occurred in Ethiopia (84% decline), India (81% decline), Malawi (77% decline), South Africa (77% decline), the United Republic of Tanzania (75% decline), Thailand (74% decline), Eswatini (72% decline) and Kenya (72% decline), ‘’ reads the report.

 

 

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