Mauritius: HIV Operation Plan 2014 strengthened

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius will strengthen its HIV Operation Plan for 2014 in a bid to reduce the number of HIV cases registered on the island, according to an official communiqué issued here Friday.

It said that this plan will scale up voluntary counselling and testing at health centres, commercial sites and public beaches, strengthen the sensitisation campaign and develop targeted intervention programmes for women at community level on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission, as well as primary and secondary prevention.

It further said that a Day Care centre will be set up in the region of Flacq, in the east, and the Methadone Substitution Therapy programme will be enhanced through rehabilitation activities and a review of the methadone dispensing system.

The communiqué indicated that a total of 5,768 cases of HIV and AIDS, (4,526 males and 1,242 females) were detected among Mauritians as at December 2013.  

The estimated HIV prevalence among persons aged 15 to 49 years is 1%.  

Since the implementation of several measures, namely the introduction of Methadone Substitution Therapy and the Needle Exchange Programmes as harm reduction strategies, the number of newly-detected cases has shown a downward trend, from 401 in 2011 to 260 in 2013.
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21 Fevereiro 2014 18:27:44

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