Malawi records 38,000 new Aids infections annually: UNAids country director

Written by  MBC Online

Malawi is on track on meeting the targets of ending Aids but still have to deal with the 38, 000 new infections that occur every year, said UNAids country director Nuha Ceesayat the commemoration of  Worlds Aids day on December 1 in Salima.

Malawi youths vulnerable to HIV and Aids infection. Malawi youths vulnerable to HIV and Aids infection.
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 Ceesay, speaking  at the national event, said Malawi has made significant progress in meeting the 90-90-90 targets of ending Aids by 2030 despite facing challenges in addressing new infections.


Currently, Malawi’s HIV prevalence rate is at 8.8 percent from over 13

 

The 90–90–90 – is an ambitious treatment target to help end the Aids epidemic.


The targets state that by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, while 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy (arvs) will have viral suppression.


The 50 percentage of these new infections affects the youths most, said Ceesay.


Ceesay said that there is need for authorities and all stakeholders to look at the affected demographics, how are they getting infected, who are infecting them and where they are getting infected.


He said for Malawi to make strides, there is need to segregate information and look how the country is performing in a population which is left behind such as children so that all age groups and sex groups be analyzed thoroughly.


Charles Mwansambo, chief director health services in the Ministry of Health said it is sad to note that some of the reasons that are making HIV to continue spreading among the youth are poverty, inequality, and unemployment.


Mwansambo, the latest figures as of September 2019 indicate that the progress towards the 90.90.90 targets in Malawi is at 93.84.92.


This means that 1.1 million people who are living with HIV in Malawi , about 1 million know their HIV status , of those, about 840,000 are on treatment, of whom 770 000 have viral load suppression, he said.


Concurring with Mwansambo, the board chairperson of Malawi Network of Aids Service (Manaso), Maziko Matemba, expressed concern over the alarming rate of infections among the youth, saying there is need for action to balance the gains in the fight against HIV/Aids.


World Aids day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the Aids pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.

The theme of this year's World Aids Day was "Communities make the difference".

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