Malawi taking right path in HIV/AIDS fight

Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda has expressed delight with the progress the Country has made in fighting HIV and AIDS.

Chiponda was speaking on Tuesday during the Official opening of the Joint Annual Review of the National Response to HIV and AIDS.

According to Chiponda by June 2021, a total of 955,435 people living with HIV knew their HIV positive status, while 878,232 people were on the life-prolonging Anti-retroviral medicines (ARVs) and 825,538 had their viral load suppressed.

She said the progress represents 97:92:94 with respect to the 95:95:95 treatment targets.

Some of the participants.

“As a country, we have also managed to reduce the number of new HIV infections per year from 56,000 in 2010 to 19,000 in 2021, representing 66% reduction within a space of 10 years. We have further managed to reduce the number of AIDS-related deaths per year from 32,000 in the year 2010 to 10,800 deaths in 2021, representing 66% reduction. This is no mean achievement by all standards.” Said Chiponda.

She said Malawi has also renewed her commitment to end HIV and AIDS as a public health threat by the year 2030.

On his part, Dr Andrew Gonani Acting Chief Executive Officer for National AIDS Commission – NAC said the theme for this yearโ€™s Joint Annual Review has been named “Towards Ending AIDS by 2030 through sustainable epidemic controlโ€”A People-Centred Approach”.

He said the people-centred approach to HIV and AIDS service delivery is one of the strategies that will help make the country sustain the epidemic control towards ending AIDS as a public health threat by the year 2030.

Kandodo: We are making positive strides.

And Nuha Ceesay, UNAIDS Country Director, expressed optimism that Malawi will indeed achieve the target saying the progress made is impressive.

Also speaking during the event, Chairperson of the HIV and AIDS Donor Group, Rudolf Schwenk the Donor community will continue supporting Malawi to achieve the goals.

Also assuring support, the Parliamentary Committee on HIV and AIDS Chairperson Deus Gumba pledged to support the implementation of the Plans for Malawi to reach the target.


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