UN: UN, Kenya team up to end AIDS epidemic by 2030

New York, US (PANA) - The UN programme that works to combat HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is working with the Government of Kenya in a bid to end the AIDS epidemic in the country by 2030, through the creation of a new data-collecting tool to track progress in current HIV programming.

PANA in New York on Thursday learnt that the new "Kenya HIV Situation Room" will collect data on logistics and service delivery to produce a comprehensive understanding of the scope of the epidemic.

A UN statement quoted UNAIDS Executive Director, Mr. Michel Sidibe, as saying: "High velocity data is critical for insights into a more effective and efficient response to HIV."

He noted that "President Uhuru Kenyatta’s leadership will help Africa accelerate progress towards ending the AIDS epidemic as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."

The Situation Room, developed by the National AIDS Control Council and the Kenyan Ministry of Health in collaboration with UNAIDS, with support from the Government of Japan, brings together data from four separate sources.

They are: the Kenya Medical Supply Agency, Kenya’s HIV estimates, the District Health
Information System, and data from the National AIDS Control Council on programme
implementers and service delivery.

Current data shows that there are approximately 800,000 people receiving treatment for HIV/AIDS in Kenya. New HIV infections in the country have fallen by 77 per cent from their peak in 1993, and AIDS-related deaths have been reduced by 74 per cent from their peak in 2003, as access to antiretroviral treatment was scaled up.

In 2014, around 57 per cent of adults living with HIV in Kenya had access to lifesaving medicines, while 67 per cent of pregnant women living with HIV had access to medicine to prevent transmission of the virus to their children.

New HIV infections in children, as a result, have dropped by 70 per cent since their peak in
1994.

UNAIDS stated that President Kenyatta reported progress made in reaching adolescents with HIV services, and announced that Kenya would be launching a new campaign against stigma and discrimination.

It quoted the Kenyan leader as saying: "Our Constitution guarantees every child a right to education, the highest available standard of health and protection from all forms of discrimination."

Kenyatta also added: "We cannot change anyone’s HIV status but we can change our attitude. Let us stop stigma and let us stop it right now."
-0- PANA AA/VAO 17Sept2015

17 september 2015 15:24:16




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