The Ambassador of the United States of America to Namibia, Lisa Johnson announced that the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will contribute N$1, 49 billion to prevent the spread of HIV/Aids in Namibia.
The funding amount is provided for 2021 and represents an increase of roughly N$200 million.
The monetary aid will move U.S.-Namibian efforts another step toward reaching HIV epidemic control, Ambassador Johnson explained.
“Namibia is a global leader in nearing epidemic control, 95% of people with HIV know their status. 95% of people with HIV who know their status are on treatment. And 92% of the people on treatment take their medications regularly and are ‘virally suppressed,’ meaning the virus is not detectable and cannot be transmitted. Undetectable = Untransmittable,” Ambassador Johnson said.
She added that the 2021 PEPFAR funding, which starts with the U.S. fiscal year on 1 October 2020, will support the Ministry of Health and Social Services to move those percentages even higher, with a goal of reaching a zero infection rate.
The U.S. Embassy’s PEPFAR Coordinator gave details on the HIV
programs that the $89 million USD of funding will support.
The DREAMS program, which stands for Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS Free, Mentored and Safe, will double its budget and triple the number of adolescent girls and young women it works with to keep them free from HIV, the PEPFAR Coordinator explained.
Advanced HIV-testing techniques (index testing and recency testing) will uncover hotspots of HIV transmission and allow the Ministry to offer treatment to newly discovered patients to halt onward transmission.