National Aids Conference launched

05 Jul 2016 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 05 JUL (NAMPA) - Ending HIV is within Namibia’s reach if Namibians work together in the spirit of Harambee, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Juliet Kavetuna says.
“I call on patriotic Namibians, the public and private sector to join efforts to deliver the final blow to HIV once and for all,” she said in a statement delivered on her behalf at the launch of the 2016 Namibia National Aids Conference in Windhoek on Tuesday.
Scheduled to take place in Swakopmund from 15 to 17 August, the conference will be held under the theme ‘Turning the clock on Aids’.
It will focus on the latest developments on HIV/Aids in Namibia, including epidemiological data; research; policy frameworks such as the national strategic framework; a combined prevention strategy; treatment guideline and other ambitious targets such as the 90-90-90 target and discussions on getting to zero (zero new HIV infections; zero deaths from Aids-related illness and zero discrimination).
The 90-90-90 target calls on countries to aim to, by 2020, have 90 per cent of all people living with HIV know their status and have 90 per cent of all people diagnosed with HIV on sustained antiretroviral therapy.
It also aims to have the viral load of 90 per cent of people in treatment fully suppressed.
The national strategic framework for HIV/Aids 2010/11 to 2015/16 was developed in 2010 to guide the planning, coordination and monitoring of the national multi-sectoral HIV/Aids response.
Kavetuna said the primary aim of the conference is to create an inclusive national strategic platform geared primarily at formulating consensus on Namibia’s position on HIV/Aids response on the one hand, and overarching challenges to ending HIV by 2030.