Namibia to receive $ 90.4 million to fight HIV / AIDS epidemic
The United States will contribute US $ 90.4 million in 2022 to step up Namibia’s efforts to achieve control of the HIV epidemic, an increase from US $ 89 million in 2021.
The funds are provided through the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
“Namibia has made progress in the fight against HIV and is a world leader in the fight against the epidemic. PEPFAR is supporting a number of different interventions that will bring Namibia closer to tackling the epidemic and strengthen the Namibian health system, ”Chargé Long said on Wednesday 06 October in Windhoek.
“In 2022, PEPFAR Namibia will support the Ministry of Health and Human Services (MoHSS) to further scale up interventions that began in 2021, including programs addressing the mental and emotional health of patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) . “
Additional activities included in the 2022 investment are support for recency testing, which is a procedure that shows the healthcare professional when a person has become infected with HIV.
Funding for 2022 will also help the Department of Health and Human Services set up an SMS reminder service to send messages to patients on ART when they need to collect their medications.
PEPFAR will continue its investment to provide comprehensive support to more than 37,000 orphans and vulnerable children and adolescents in 18 districts. PEPFAR will continue to support girls to stay HIV free through the DREAMS program, which works with more than 80,000 adolescent girls and young women in nine districts.
PEPFAR will also fund a range of additional activities to prevent HIV transmission, including voluntary medical male circumcision. VMMC funding will expand demand creation events using community mobilizers, peer promotion, churches and social media to raise awareness and increase VMMC coverage in 12 regions.
In addition, PEPFAR will help increase the number of key populations on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a drug that helps prevent the transmission of HIV.
The 2022 funding period begins in October 2021 and ends in September 2022, which is the fiscal year of the U.S. government.
“With this support, together, we will work with the Namibian government to achieve its vision of universal health coverage, so that all Namibians have access to affordable and quality health services,” said Chargé Long.
The United States government has invested approximately US $ 1.6 billion in HIV programs in Namibia since 2005.
On the announcement that the United States will contribute $ 90.4 million in 2022 to Namibia’s fight against AIDS, Dr Abeje Zegeye, HIV / AIDS team leader and acting director of Namibia’s office of health. USAID; US Embassy charge d’affaires, Jess Long; the Interim Country Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Namibia), Dr Steve Hong; and Peace Corps Namibia Director of Programming and Training, Jane O’Sullivan.