UNAIDS lauds Namibia for HIV and AiDS mitigation efforts

10 Nov 2014 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 10 NOV (NAMPA) – The Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), congratulated Namibia for the great strides the country has made in the areas of HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria mitigation.
Michael Sidibe said this when he paid a courtersy call on Prime Minister, Dr. Hage Geingob last week Monday.
Sidibe acknowledged that more needs to be done by his organisation to reach out to some sectors of society that do not enjoy full access to their services, such as prisoners.
He said the fight against the HIV and AIDS pandemic can only be won when all sectors of society are covered by mitigation and prevention programmes.
The UNAIDS Executive Director said UNAIDS will devise initiatives that will cater for many of those who are left out by current programmes.
“We are really proud of the achievements of our programmes. When we first initiated efforts to stop the transmission of HIV to babies during birth, people were doubtful. But today, the programme is a huge success and has delivered favourable results,' he said.
He noted that Namibia has done a lot to reduce HIV infections, making it one of the continent's success stories.
Sidibe was in the country for a two-day visit aimed at boosting advocacy efforts in relation to HIV and AIDS mitigation. He was accompanied by the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Mark Dybul.
The two also held a Public Lecture at the Polytechnic of Namibia with the aim of sharing their expertise and experiences on how effective partnerships, strong political will and commitment, can successfully address HIV and Aids, TB and Malaria.