N$390m boost for HIV/Aids battle

03 December 2018 | Health

The American government, through its United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has given Namibia an additional N$395 million under its US President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar).

USAID, the health ministry and the National Planning Commission (NPC) signed an amendment to their 2007 bilateral grant agreement this week.

This was announced by the United States embassy's media assistant Jacques du Toit in a statement that pointed out that these resources will fund activities under the 2018 Pepfar country operational plan for October 2018 to September 2019.

USAID's contribution to the agreement since its inception in 2007 now stands at N$4.5 billion.

The health ministry is supported by Pepfar, USAID and other US government partner agencies such as the Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention, the Peace Corps, and the State Department, with their implementing partners, to combat HIV/Aids in Namibia.

“This work includes general HIV testing and treatment, prevention measures, capacity-building and logistics support. All of these elements are essential to control the HIV epidemic and achieve an AIDS-free generation in Namibia.

“Namibia is close to achieving this goal. Pepfar's focus is on identifying and treating those who are infected, but who have not yet tested, particularly individuals living in areas with a high prevalence of HIV, as well as on population groups most at risk of contracting HIV, such as young women and older men,” the embassy's statement said.



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