Inequalities hamper HIV prevention
09 December 2021 | Health
Windhoek mayor Sade Gawanas says structural inequalities in society should be addressed urgently in order for HIV prevention and treatment to be addressed.
Gawanas made these remarks on Tuesday during the commemoration of World Aids Day in Windhoek.
She said HIV is still threatening the world and this can be attributed to structural inequalities that obstruct proven solutions to HIV prevention and treatment.
In order to realise the vision of ending Aids in Namibia by 2030, there is an urgent need to end economic, social, cultural and legal inequality, Gawanas stated.
“With the outbreak of Covid-19 people have found themselves to be vulnerable due to loss of income because of loss of work or other economic restrictions imposed to contain the pandemic,” said Gawanas.
The mayor added that the continued financial and technical support of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAIDS) has been helpful in fighting the pandemic in Namibia.
“The hosting of this event today is also clear testimony of the political will and commitment of the city council in close collaboration with UNAIDS, the ministry of health and social services, Khomas Regional Council, MenEngage Namibia Network, Namibia Red Cross Society, and all other key partners, to the response to HIV and Aids in Windhoek, as part of our social and sectoral responsibility,” stated Gawanas.