WINDHOEK, 08 DEC – Namibians must join hands and mobilise local resources so as to ensure that the fight against HIV is not halted by the economic uncertainty created by the global financial crisis.
This call was made by the Secretary-General of the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) Bernadette Bock at the commemoration of World Aids Day which was organised by the City of Windhoek here Thursday.
She explained that local donor funding for the HIV programme has lessened drastically in recent years, limiting the ability of the programmes to achieve universal access and sustain current progress.
“We are not done yet as more work still needs to be done. Domestic sources of funding are important alternatives to consider replacing foreign donor HIV funding,” she said.
The NRCS secretary general stressed that the fight against HIV should not be halted, especially because of economic uncertainty, as affected people should have access to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicine.
Bock, however, commended the Namibian Government for its efforts towards the fight against HIV/Aids which resulted in the prevalence rate declining from 18.2 per cent in 2014 to 16.9 per cent in 2016.
She also urged Namibians to ensure the sustainability of the achievements of the past decades, as well as to intensify future efforts towards controlling and eventually stopping the pandemic.
World Aids Day is a global health day commemorating people who have died from Aids-related illnesses, while giving the public an opportunity to unite in the fight against HIV and to demonstrate their support for people living with the virus.
The commemoration was themed ‘Know Your Status.’ – NAMPA