215 000 Namibians living with HIV/Aids

01 Dec 2017 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 01 DEC (NAMPA) – About 215 000 Namibians are living with HIV/Aids while 131 103 are currently on anti-retroviral treatment, Namibia Red Cross Society Secretary General, Naemi Heita, has said.
Heita made the revelation during the commemoration of World AIDS Day held in Kilimanjaro informal settlement here on Friday.
She said Namibia has made great strides towards the fight against HIV/Aids as the prevalence in the country declined from 18.2 percent in 2014 to 16.9 percent in 2016.
Heita noted that although the country is doing its best to fight the pandemic, donor funding for HIV programs has drastically reduced in recent years, limiting the ability of HIV programs to achieve universal access and sustain current progress.
“Domestic sources of funding are important alternatives to consider in placing donor HIV funding,” said Heita.
The society’s SG further added that successful resource mobilization design and implementation requires close collaboration with government ministries, individuals and private companies to make sure that the gains are not reversed due to a lack of funding.
“Let us join hands together as a nation and put resources together to ensure the fight against HIV is not halted by economic uncertainty created by the global crisis, and ensure the sustainability of the gains of the past decades, and intensify future efforts to stop the pandemic,” pleaded Heita.