Better HIV treatment through better transport

4 Apr

Like many countries in Africa, Zimbabwe has been hit hard by the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Approximately 13.7% of the Zimbabwean population currently live with HIV.

Despite many challenges which have exacerbated the spread of HIV in Zimbabwe in recent years, including the political, social and economic situation, a severe cholera epidemic, high rates of unemployment and a near collapse of the public health system, Zimbabwe’s efforts to combat HIV are now yielding significant results.

The rate of new HIV infections has halved, and the stigma of those living with HIV has eroded noticeably, which makes ongoing education, diagnosis and treatment more effective.

A key part of Zimbabwe’s HIV response was the creation of the National AIDS Council (NAC) in 1999. An Act of Parliament created NAC as part of a national multi-sectoral response to HIV and AIDS, and enacted a 3% levy on all workers and companies to fund the activities of the NAC and the anti retro viral (ARV) drugs used to treat HIV.

Richard Chasima is the District AIDS Coordinator for the Centenary District. In the video above, Richard explains that improved transport services will not only help pregnant mothers, but could also help those infected with HIV to get better treatment.

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