Namibia marks World Aids day

02 Dec 2016 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 02 DEC (NAMPA) - Namibia on Thursday joined the rest of the world to mark World Aids Day.
Speaking at the official event, Khomas Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua said there is a need to have an individually tailored response to the HIV/Aids pandemic.
“We are winning against the Aids epidemic, but however we are not seeing progress everywhere,” said McLeod-Katjirua.
She said the number of new HIV infections is not declining among adults and young women particularly at risk of becoming infected with HIV, is a concern.
According to the governor, the Namibian government is aligned with the world in the commitment to end the HIV/Aids pandemic by the year 2030 as part of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
Mcleod-Katjirua said over 80 per cent of people living with HIV are on life-saving HIV treatment.
She praised Government’s efforts to eliminate HIV transmission from mother to child, saying it is paying off.
During the event, it was observed that an estimated 78 million people have been infected with HIV worldwide since the start of the pandemic until the end of 2015.
Some 35 million people died from Aids-related illnesses since the first case of HIV was reported on 24 April 1980.
The low-key event managed to attract a paltry crowd at the Katutura Youth Complex sport stadium.