HIV impact Assessment survey in May

19 Feb 2017 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 19 FEB (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) will soon conduct the Namibia Population based HIV Impact Assessment (NAMPHIA) to measure the impact of the HIV pandemic in the country.
A statement issued Friday by Community Mobilisation Advisor for NAMPHIA, Roger Lyners says the survey is aimed at assessing the burden of HIV and its impact on the nation’s prevention, care and treatment services across the 14 regions of Namibia.
“The information obtained through NAMPHIA will help the Ministry of Health and Social Services to improve HIV services in Namibia and will capture progress made towards achieving our goal of eliminating new cases of HIV by 2030,” the statement says.
It notes that the first phase of NAMPHIA, which is household listing, has been ongoing since 30 January 2017. In this phase, information is collected that will help the Ministry to plan for the second phase, which is scheduled to start in May 2017.
MoHSS and its partners called for cooperation from communities as their staff will be visiting homes in selected communities during this period to collect basic information about where households are located and who lives there.
According to the statement, NAMPHIA study staff will present valid identification cards and will be wearing uniforms.
The study will be conducted by MoHSS officials in conjunction with the Namibia Statistics Agency, United States (US) President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Namibia Institute of Pathology Limited and University of California in San Francisco.
According to the MoHSS’s latest statistics, about 133 000 people in Namibia are on Antiretroviral treatment.