12 Mar 2018 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 MAR (NAMPA) The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) on Monday officially launched the five-year National Strategic Framework (NSF) for HIV/AIDS for 2017-2022.
The document will serve as the prime strategic guide for HIV/AIDS response in Namibia.
Presenting the NSF during the launch in Windhoek, Director of Special Programmes: HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, Anne-Marie Nitschke said the document is premised on the investment framework and result based management approaches.
She emphasised that the framework is catalytic in supporting delivery of innovation and best practices necessary to ensure provision and sustainability of a quality and comprehensive HIV response.
The key NSF message is to do better and more of the right things at the right time and at the right scale during the implementation, explained Nitschke.
She further noted that the strategies aim at leveraging resources such as financial, technology, best practices, intensifying implementation at all levels and increasing coverage as well as targeting key populations that are at higher risk of HIV infection.
Launching the document, health minister, Bernard Haufiku said in an environment with increasing economic constraints, Namibia should increase its efforts in utilising resources in a more focused and targeted manner that will produce the effective strategies for efficient interventions that will produce impactful results.
NSF will identify the most at risk populations amongst whom interventions must be focused to prevent the spread of new infection and ensure quality of life for the infected, he said.
Haufiku said with the NSF approach focusing on adolescent girls and young women who are shown to be more vulnerable to infection, when coupled with interventions on their partners, will produce a complimentary effort result.
We need to engage young men and encourage them to get tested and get linked to programmes in fighting the HIV pandemic as well as be our messengers of prevention in the community, Haufiku said.
He further noted that the NSF has prioritised interventions that will contribute to the achievement of new HIV infections and related deaths reduced by 75 per cent by 2022.