2017 HIV plan finally approved
06 November 2019 | Local News
According to City documents, although the HIV epidemic is more prevalent in the rural north, the CoW is experiencing an influx of people moving to the capital for a better life. The City will therefore take ownership of the epidemic. The plan was referred back for further discussions in December 2018 and a workshop was held in February this year. The goal for the remainder of the 2017 – 2022 term is to reduce new HIV infections and AIDS-related mortality by 75% by the end of the term and to move towards ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
Special emphasis was also put on the Fast Track 90-90-90 goals and male engagement in cities. “The 90-90-90 targets entail that by 2020, 90% of people living with HIV know their status, 90% of those who know their status are receiving treatment, and that 90% of those receiving treatment have suppressed viral loads,” the document read.
The revised plan is a continuation of the strategic plan of 2013 – 2016, where the same themes were reprioritised with a narrow scope in terms of target groups and programming activities.
The currently strategic plan is sponsored by UNAIDS to the tune of US$200 000 (around N$3 million). The approved plan will be officially launched at a date to still be determined.