The USA handed over 6.9 million condoms and a couple of.6 million lubricants to the Ministry of Well being and Social Companies to deal with provide shortages. Namibia has one of many highest HIV prevalence charges on the earth, and condoms proceed to be a well being sector precedence for stopping the unfold of HIV.
These commodities are valued at US$275,000 (approx. N$4.3 million) and will probably be distributed to 273 hotspots and 14 pick-up factors primarily concentrating on Key Populations (KPs) that aren’t but provided by the Ministry of Well being. KPs embrace feminine intercourse staff, males who’ve intercourse with males, and transgender individuals, who’re notably susceptible and disproportionately affected by HIV as a result of high-risk behaviours, marginalization, stigma, discrimination, violence, and criminalization, all of which contribute to a scarcity of entry to well being providers.
“U.S. founding father Benjamin Franklin as soon as mentioned, ‘an oz. of prevention is price a pound of treatment.’ Whereas there was notable development within the growth and deployment of ARV therapy, there’s sadly nonetheless no treatment for HIV. This is the reason prevention is so essential,” highlighted Jessica Lengthy, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, who handed over the donation to Ministry of Well being and Social Companies Government Director Ben Nangombe.
The condoms and lubricants had been procured with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Reduction (PEPFAR) by america Company for Worldwide Improvement (USAID) by its World Well being Provide Chain Program. The commodities will go to the KP-STAR challenge, which helps 75 services in and round Windhoek, Keetmanshoop, Gobabis, Otjiwarongo, Oshakati, Oshikango, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Rundu, and Katima Mulilo. Along with offering condoms, KP-STAR is the one challenge that distributes lubricants to Key Populations in Namibia.
Since 2005, america has partnered with the Namibian authorities and NGOs to make HIV providers extra extensively obtainable to communities all through the nation. These condoms and lubricants will contribute in the direction of the general battle towards HIV/AIDS.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Embassy in Namibia.
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