World Health Organization charge African countries to improve funding on HIV testing, treatment

World Health Organization charge African countries to improve funding on HIV testing, treatment

Programme Manager National AIDS Programme Dr Baseer Khan said the World AIDS Day, 2018 theme of "Know your status" is also a reinforcement of basic human right to enable every individual to seek basic health services and also knowing his status of health. "But it requires us to work together to bring hope to the millions who do not know they are living with HIV and to support the millions more who need access to treatment".

Also speaking, the permanent secretary in the ministry, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who was represented by Kayode Asake said, "HIV testing is essential for expanding treatment and ensuring that all people living with HIV can have healthy and productive health".

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The group and other NGOs send volunteers into the field to survey people and convince them to get tested.

World AIDS Day is a day to remember the millions of people who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illnesses, many of whom died because they couldn't access HIV services, because of stigma, because of discrimination and because of criminalization of key populations. The agency's also reminding people ME that HIV care and prevention have dramatically changed since the discovery of the virus in 1984, and many patients are able to live long lives. She further regretted that the number only constitute 40 percent of those who are actually suffering the disease and the rest are still undiagnosed while they might not even know they are having the infection.

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"All the more reason, it's high time we should voluntarily come out and do the HIV test and know your status".

"Secondly, I think that we are genuinely at a real crossroads about where we can go with HIV now".

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Mr Russell-Moyle said he had spoken to Lord Smith about his decision to reveal his status, adding: "He ended up coming out when he knew he was standing down".

On the 30th World AIDS Day anniversary, the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) AIDS Office Director, Mrudula Smithson, has spoken about significant progress made in the AIDS response in South Africa. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $6 million in grants and directly educated more than 3.8 million young people across 70 countries about HIV.

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Mr Green said: "When Prince Harry publicly speaks about taking an HIV test, or last week helped us launch HIV testing week, or when he talks publicly about HIV being nothing to be feared, that does a huge amount to tackle the stigma associated with HIV". In 2017, of the 7.9 million people living with HIV in South Africa, 60% are on ARVs. In Namibia, the country has achieved success in fighting HIV and AIDS and attaining the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets.

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