Dignitas International, a health focused non– governmental organisation is intensifying efforts to ensure Malawi achieves the United Nations’ set of 90 – 90 – 90 targets in HIV/AIDS.
The 90 – 90 – 90 goals are a made of three ambitious goals set by the United Nations member countries across the world.
They are aimed at ensuring that 90 percent of people living with HIV know their status, 90 percent of people diagnosed receive antiretroviral treatment, and that 90 percent of all the people receiving ARVs have their viral load suppressed.
The organisation’s Phalombe District HIV and Aids Testing and Counselling Coordinator, Trevor Makata made a commitment to the targets during a stakeholders’ meeting held in the district on Monday.
According to MANA, Makata outlined the organisation’s new plans aimed at fast tracking steps towards the 90 – 90 – 90 target.
Makata however notes that the organisation’s race towards 90 – 90 – 90 goals has been slow considering the timelines set for Malawi.
Dignitas International is a medical and research organisation dedicated to improving health care for people facing a high burden of disease and unequal access to services.
It is committed to working with patients, health workers, researchers and policymakers to tackle the barriers to health care.
Dignitas was launched by Dr. James Orbinski and James Fraser as a humanitarian response to a global health catastrophe.
In 2004, the AIDS epidemic was ravaging Malawi, a small country in sub-Saharan Africa, destroying its social and economic infrastructure and threatening its very survival as a nation.
Without access to treatment and care, AIDS was a death sentence in Malawi. Hospitals were doubling as morgues as patients were literally dying in the corridors.
The situation was an affront to human dignity. We began our commitment to addressing this crisis by setting up an HIV clinic in Zomba district the poorest corner of one of the poorest countries in the world. In our first month at the clinic, we started 33 patients on treatment. Today, this figure has climbed to over 272,500.