ZIMBABWE on Monday launched the fourth edition of the Zimbabwe National AIDS Strategic plan which will guide the national implementation of HIV treatment and prevention programs.
The ZNASP 4 timeline for implementation is 2021 to 2025.
The 2021 World Aids Day commemorations will be held in Chinhoyi on December 1, 2021.
In the ZNASP 4, Zimbabwe intends to reduce HIV mortality, incidence, reduction of Mother to Child Transmission as well as incorporating non communicable diseases.
Officiating the launch on behalf of Health and Child Care Ministry’s permanent secretary Air Commodore Jasper Chimedza was Chief Director Preventive Services Dr Munyaradzi Dhobie.
The strategic plan running from 2021-2025 will guide the country toward ending AIDS by 2030, Chief Director in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Munyaradzi Dhobbie said, while praising the National AIDS Council for the strides made in the ongoing fight against the global epidemic.
“We have reached the 90-90-90-target and now we want to reach the 95-95-95 and this can be done if we deal with the older men. HIV prevalence and mortality have fallen and now we are working toward ending AIDS by 2030. We have to remain on guard,” Dhobbie said.
The 90-90-90-target means by 2020, 90 percent of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90 percent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90 percent of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.
UNAIDS country director Sophia Moniko noted the need for a paradigm shift in health financing for the country to achieve its targets.
“To end AIDS, we have to end the inequalities. We need a paradigm shift in health financing. We need to invest in data systems,” she said.
National AIDS Council board chairperson Margaret Mehlomakulu took the opportunity to launch this year’s theme for the National AIDS Day commemorations as “End Pandemics End Inequalities, End AIDS”