By Lumbani Nyasulu
Chief of Health Services in the Ministry of Health and Population Dr Charles Mwansambo says Malawi is heading in the right direction in a fight against HIV/ AIDS pandemic.
Mwansambo was speaking on Tuesday in Lilongwe at 2018 Research and Best practices Research Dissemination Conference on HIV and AIDS report which focused on research and implementation in HIV\AIDS related issues.
On status quo of HIV and AIDS in Malawi Mwansambo said the results are promising to reach the target of 90 90 90 set by UNAIDS and domesticated by Malawi Government.
“90 90 90 is an ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS pandemic by 2020 in which 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 (ART) and 90 percent of all people receiving ART will have viral suppression,” Mwansambo said.
In his remarks Chief Executive Officer for National Aids Commission ( NAC) said 93 percent of people know their HIV status and 80 percent are initiated on treatment and those initiated on treatment 88 percent are virally suppressed.
He said: ” most men don’t go for HIV testing and most are not initiated on treatment .
In Malawi, 76 .8 percent of people living with HIV ages to 15 to 64 are aware of their HIV status , 80.2 percent of HIV positive females and 71.7 percent of HIV positive males.