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    4 March, 2014
416,000 Mozambicans receiving anti-retrovirals
 
Maputo, 4 Mar (AIM) – There are now 416,000 Mozambicans receiving the anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs that prolong the lives of HIV-positive people, Deputy Health Minister Nazira Abdula announced on 3 March.

Addressing the Fifth National Meeting on HIV/AIDS, Abdula said that the country now has 563 health units that offer ARV treatment.

The expansion of treatment facilities, she said, meant that the number of people receiving ARV therapy has risen from 51 per cent of those known to be infected to 71 per cent. Paediatric ARV treatment now covers 41 per cent of children known to be carrying the virus.

The 2013-15 Plan for Accelerated Response to HIV envisages raising the percentage of adults and children eligible for ARV treatment and actually receiving the drugs to 80 per cent by 2015. The Plan also aims by that date to reduce the number of new infections by 50 per cent, and to cut drastically the number of children infected by HIV in their mother’s womb. By 2015 it is hoped that less than five per cent of babies born to HIV-positive women will be infected.

Abdulah told the meeting that its purpose is to find common strategies and share all the existing challenges in the struggle against the HIV pandemic, which she considered as one of the major obstacles to accelerated development.

“We should be aware that AIDS is a threat to the development, stability and well-being of Mozambicans”, she said, pointing out that AIDS was the main cause of death among adults in Mozambican health units, and the second cause of death among children (after malaria).

The theme of the meeting is “New Paths, New Challenges, in Moving to a Generation Free of AIDS”.

Abdula said that, if the efforts to mitigate the effects of the pandemic are carried out in a coordinated manner, both in health units and in communities, then they will contribute to producing a generation without AIDS.

But she admitted that HIV will remain a threat for decades to come, and stressed the need for strategies that would prevent HIV-positive people from abandoning ARV therapy once they had started it, and to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus among communities.

There has been no thorough survey of infection rates since 2009. The survey of that year showed an HIV prevalence rate of 11.5 per cent among citizens aged between 15 and 49.
(AIM)
 
 
  2 December, 2019  
 
AIDS related deaths fell 20 percent over five years
 
President Filipe Nyusi declared on 1 December in the northern city of Nampula that the number of deaths from HIV/AIDS in Mozambique fell by 20 per cent between 2014 and 2018.

 
  18 November, 2019  
 
President addresses Catholic Bishops
 
President Filipe Nyusi on 16 November challenged the Catholic Church to continue its commitment to achieving the social well-being of Mozambicans and indicated that dialogue should be one of the paths chosen.

 
  17 November, 2019  
 
New water system for Gorongosa inaugurated
 
More than 30,000 people will benefit from clean drinking water in Gorongosa town, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, thanks to a new water supply system that President Filipe Nyusi inaugurated on 15 November.

 


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