DAKAR/GENÈVE, 16 janvier 2019—Lors d’une réunion de haut niveau à Dakar (Sénégal), l’ONUSIDA, le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l’Enfance (UNICEF) et l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) ont exhorté les pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre à en faire davantage pour mettre fin aux nouvelles infections à VIH parmi les enfants et les adolescents et à étendre la couverture du dépistage et du traitement du VIH.
DAKAR/GENEVA, 16 January 2019—At a high-level meeting in Dakar, Senegal, UNAIDS, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries in western and central Africa to do more to stop new HIV infections among children and adolescents and increase HIV testing and treatment coverage.
While Botswana has made excellent progress in achieving the UNAIDS 90–90–90 treatment targets, evidence shows it has experienced a 4% increase in new HIV infections from 2010 to 2017, from 13 000 to 14 000. This is against the backdrop of a massive 30% decrease in new HIV infections across the eastern and southern African region.
Ireland has pledged €400 000 to UNAIDS for a project to provide HIV services for the most vulnerable populations in the United Republic of Tanzania, with the first tranche, €200 000, already received.
“The United Republic of Tanzania is one of the key countries of focus for our international development assistance. I am looking forward to collaborating closely with UNAIDS to improve the plight of the populations that are in the most dire need of timely HIV services in this country,” said the Irish Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania, Paul Sherlock.
Key populations—gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, people who inject drugs, prisoners and other incarcerated people and migrants—and their sexual partners account for 40% of new HIV infections in western and central Africa.
However, key populations still have insufficient access to HIV prevention, treatment and care services. Fragile health systems, stigma and discrimination, sexual and gender-based violence and lack of supportive policies are some of the barriers that key populations face.