Botswana: Botswana says steadfast HIV/AIDS fight continues

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi has reiterated the country firm support to the 90-90-90 HIV/AIDS initiative – knowledge status, treatment and virologist suppression.

The initiative, a UNAIDS project, targets to have 90 per cent of all people living with HIV know their status, while 90 per cent of the population with HIV infection receive antiretroviral therapy and 90 per cent of individuals on antiretroviral therapy to have received viral suppression.

The Vice President on Wednesday said Botswana was committed to the 90-90-90 target, as one of the ways of dealing with HIV/AIDS challenges.

Masisi said government has engaged organisations, political parties, NGOs, interested groups as well as people of various religions to focus efforts on fighting the epidemic.

The Vice President also highlighted that Botswana was ahead of her peers in the HIV/AIDS fight even before the 90-90-90 initiative was introduced three years ago and urged UNAIDS to use Botswana as a model.

“We have advanced and it is an opportunity to add value to the world, and we are willing to assist those who might not be doing that well,” said Masisi.

Botswana’s success in fighting the epidemic has been attributed to free access to HIV education, treatment, care and support.

The country recently adopted a ‘treat all’ strategy as one of the most important milestones for Botswana in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Government anticipates that with the ‘treat all’ strategy, more people would be saved from being infected and prevents more HIV deaths by 2030.
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19 april 2017 09:57:01

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