Zimbabwe: Govt abandons people living with HIV- ZLHR

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Written by Fungai Kwaramba

HARARE - There is lack of commitment on the part of the Government to provide people living with HIV/AIDS a high standard of health care, according to the Human Rights and Law Project of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR).

"In Zimbabwe, out of the 350 000 people who urgently need treatment, only 190 000 people are in the government roll out programme. Commitment from the central government to facilitate its obligation to ensure the highest attainable standard of health, including treatment, care and support is lacking," a ZLHR spokesperson said last week as the country observed World Aids day.

The rights group observed that the human rights situation in Zimbabwe contrasted sharply with this year World Aids Day theme, "Universal Access and Human Rights". "Universal access to treatment in Zimbabwe remains a mirage. Access to HIV and AIDS treatment, prevention and care is proving to be a mammoth task for most people in Zimbabwe," said the spokesperson.

In light of this, ZLHR called upon the government to show commitment to universal access to treatment and create conditions which would ensure medical service and medical attention to all in the event of access.