Botswana: Botswana close to reaching global targets on HIV/AIDS fight

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Researchers in Botswana said the country is leading in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as indicated by the country’s endevours towards the UNAIDS 2020 Goal.

Botswana-Havard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP) on Wednesday announced that the country is currently leading in the ’90-90-90’ UNAIDS 2020 Goal targets launched in July 2014.

Dr. Tendani Gaolathe, lead researcher at BHP, said Botswana was close to reaching the global targets ahead of Switzerland and Australia who are the closest contenders.

In 2014, UNAIDS strategy set ambitious new targets to have 90% of all HIV infected individuals tested and diagnosed, have 90% of those infected go on Anti-retroviral therapy, and have 90% of those on therapy have undetectable virus in their blood stream, by the year 2020.

Botswana Combination Prevention Project  (BCPP), dubbed YA Tsie, has driven the country close to reaching the global targets ahead of Switzerland and Australia who are the closest contenders.

Dr. Gaolathe said BCPP baseline survey data showed that out of 12,610 participants enrolled, 3,596 were HIV positive, and of these, 83% knew their status (First 90%), while 87% of the HIV positive participants were on ART (Second 90%), and 96% of them were virologically suppressed (Third 90%).

“Botswana is close to reaching the UNAIDS 2020 target and is among the highest rates reported globally and this bears testimony to the great strides that have been collaborative project between the BHP/ Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control, and the Botswana Ministry of health.”

The UNAIDS estimates that 17 million of the 36.9 million individuals living with HIV do not know their HIV status.
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02 march 2016 13:36:58




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