Fight against HIV continues

Massive US investment in Namibian health

08 October 2021 | Health

US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jess Long announced that the United States would contribute US$90.4 million in 2022 towards Namibia’s fight against AIDS through the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
This is an increase from US$89 million contributed in 2021.
The US$90.4 million will intensify the country’s efforts to reach epidemic control of the HIV epidemic.
“Namibia has made strides in the fight against HIV and is a global leader in nearing epidemic control. PEPFAR supports a number of different interventions that will bring Namibia closer to epidemic control and strengthen Namibia’s health care system,” said Long. “In 2022, PEPFAR Namibia will support the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) to further scale up interventions which began in 2021, including programs addressing mental and emotional health in patients on anti-retroviral therapy (ART).”
Additional activities included in the 2022 investment are support for recency testing, which is a procedure that shows the healthcare worker how recently a person was infected with HIV.
Funding for 2022 will also support the MoHSS to set up an SMS reminder service to send messages to ART patients when they need to collect their medicine.
PEPFAR will sustain its investment to provide comprehensive support to over 37 000 orphans and vulnerable children and adolescents in 18 districts, and continue support for girls to stay HIV-free through the DREAMS program which works with over 80 000 adolescent girls and young women in nine districts.
PEPFAR will also fund a range of additional activities to prevent transmission of HIV, including Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision. Funding for VMMC will expand demand-creation events using community mobilizers, peer promotion, churches, and social media to create awareness and increase VMMC coverage in 12 regions.
Additionally, PEPFAR will help increase the number of Key Populations on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a medicine that helps prevent transmission of HIV.
The 2022 funding period begins in October of 2021 and ends in September of 2022, which is the US government’s fiscal year.
“Through this support, together, we will work with the Namibian government to realize its vision of universal health coverage, so that all people in Namibia have access to affordable, quality health services,” said Chargé Long.
The United States government has invested approximately US$1.6 billion in HIV programming in Namibia since 2005.

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