namibia fights hiv aids

How Namibia fought HIV explains health minister Bernard Haufiku

Namibian Health Minister Dr Bernard Haufiku has come up with some useful suggestions about how to fight HIV/Aids and how Namibia has done the same over the years.

He said the country got people tested regularly, most the men, and even now many are not yet tested and this is the reason they are yet away from achieving the 9090 goals. They are now emphasizing more on testing the young men and whoever has been tested positive earlier need to undergo treatment immediately, without any delay.

Haufiku added that Namibia has done well and in terms of achieving most of the goals the country topped PEPFAR (U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) in Amsterdam.

Assuring great work being done the minister said Namibia would reach the 2020 targets on HIV and the country is also progressing well on TB though a whole lot of challenges are standing tall.

With the gesture of optimism Haufiku said the country will continue to achieve some of the milestones, those would be significant if not big. They are in talks with some partners to help in their progressive work.

He said the country was able to achieve most of the goals in HIV segment due to support received from PEPFAR and collaboration with the University of Columbia in New York and San Francisco.

He added that the partners will again stand by their side in fighting against the disease which is going to stay despite the World Bank classification of being an upcoming middle-income country.