The global 95-95-95 target means that 95% of people living with HIV in Eswatini know their status, that 95% of those who know their HIV positive status are accessing treatment and that 95% of people on treatment have suppressed viral load. This means, an entire generation of children are likely to be born HIV free because of wide treatment coverage. This shows how great progress is made when governments commit to investing in the health of their people.
These milestones would not be achieved without continuous support from partners who provide technical, financial, and infrastructural support to ensure the delivery of quality HIV services. The Premier said Government will enhance its investments to the HIV response in-order to reach the ambitious goal of stopping new infections and AIDS related deaths as set in the vision of ending AIDS by year 2022- eight years before the global target.
Research shows that young people between the ages 15-24 are most affected by HIV / AIDS and a sizable number of them are girls reported to be falling pregnant which is a sign that they do not use protection. It is also imperative that our youth be consistently encouraged to use protective measures to prevent HIV infections. Prevention remains the Cornerstone of ending AIDS. We will not be able to treat ourselves out of the pandemic, only adopting appropriate behavior reduces the need for treatment.
We have not done this alone. The Kingdom has received support from our partners such as PEPFAR, Global Fund, UNAIDS and other development and bilateral partners. It is important that the AIDS response drive continues with the principle of Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility.
It will be a compelling combination of virtual sessions and community networking, including exhibitions, workshops, the global village, satellites and pre-conferences, that will reach audiences around the world.
"As much as there is no conclusive evidence on the Coronavirus and HIV impact, we are concerned about those who are HIV positive on ART and those who are HIV positive but unaware of their sero status and those that are virally not suppressed”.
The statement reminds PLHIV to have their supply of their necessary medical supplies on hand, ideally for 30 days or more, especially because the WHO HIV Treatment Guidelines now recommend multi-months or more of HIV medicines for most people at routine visits.
HIV and AIDS continue to be “Indzaba Yetfu Sonkhe” so it needs all our concerted efforts. To instill the vision of ending AIDS by 2022 as a public health threat to all sectors, constituencies, organization and communities, there is need for a constant and consistent dialogue on what needs to be done to achieve Vision 2022.
Early this month, a SADC delegation visited Eswatini for a grant Pre-Award assessment at Limkokwing University of Technology (LUCT), who applied as Lead Implementer to the SADC Round III HIV and AIDS Fund for facilitating regional HIV and AIDS response and will work in collaboration with Botswana and Lesotho.
His Majesty has mandated that the HIV response in 2020 be planned at Inkhundla (constituency) and chiefdom levels, which will put the communities at the centre of the epidemic and ensure that no one is left behind.