Malawi is believed to be on track to achieving the 90:90:90 target in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
The target, set for the year 2020, aims at achieving 90% diagnosis of all HIV positive people; provision of Anti-Retroviral Therapy for 90% of those diagnosed with HIV and suppressing 90% viral load of those treated.
And according to officials from the Ministry of Health and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the country’s works towards reaching the target, seems successful so far.
Speaking during a Media Café organised by MSF on Tuesday, Deputy Director in the Department of HIV and AIDS of the Ministry, Thokozani Kalua disclosed that Malawi has managed to diagnose around 83% of people that are living with the disease.
He added that 85 percent of the diagnosed are now on treatment and that 88 percent of those that are currently on treatment have their viral load suppressed.
According to Kalua, this just shows that Malawi will be able to beat the target by 2020.
He was however quick to point out that despite the progress made so far, there are still significant challenges which include the fact that fewer men are getting tested and that in some age categories, girls and women are more affected by the virus than men are.
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