THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Mozambique adopts Fast-Track Strategy to fight AIDS

Mozambique recently agreed to using the U.N. AIDS Fast-Track Strategy to improve its response against HIV infections across the nation.

Mozambique has an especially high HIV rate for its adult population. Approximately 1.5 million people were diagnosed with HIV in 2014 alone and the infection’s prevalence is approximately 10.6 percent for the nation, making Mozambique the eighth-highest nation for HIV infection.

“By taking a location and population approach to ensure that people at higher risk are reached with HIV services, Mozambique can end its AIDS epidemic by 2030,” U.N. AIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said. “This will require the pace to quicken in investments, commitment and action, particularly over the next five years. Our collective support for a healthier and stronger Mozambique is unwavering.”

Mozambique will use international support to improve its response, which includes counseling, HIV testing and treatments in the form of antiretroviral therapy (ART). The country has shown significant improvement since 2012, but there is still much progress to be made.

“Mozambique has made great progress in the fight against the three diseases and we are honored to be here with the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and U.N. AIDS to strengthen our partnership and jointly support the country to achieve even more in the next five years,” Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said.

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