Nangombe sees brighter future for SADC HIV epidemic control

17 Jun 2019 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JUN (NAMPA) – There is a bright future for Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states to, with the assistance of stakeholders, achieve HIV epidemic control, Ministry of Health and Social Services Executive Director, Benetus Nangombe has said.
Speaking at the opening of the SADC regional meeting of member states and sector experts on HIV and AIDS here on Monday, Nangombe said stakeholders such as the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have contributed immensely to spreading awareness and to response and prevention efforts.
He also pointed out that member states have made exceptional progress in achieving the 2016 UN Political Declaration for Ending AIDS by 2030.
The member states will discuss and share the challenges and best practices to achieve the 2030 target in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
“This week we need to measure our progress and the way forward to reduce mortality and increase mobility with the help of financial and technical support from stakeholders,” Nangombe said.
Also speaking at the event was Senior Programme Officer for HIV/AIDS at the SADC Secretariat, Dr Alphonse Mulumba, who concurred that the region made progress, but said more needs to be done.
“This can only be achieved through an increase in human resources, technical support and financial assistance,” he said.
The three-day meeting started Monday and is a prelude to the council of ministers of health meeting set for Thursday.