25 February 2013

Zimbabwe: NAC to Review Aids Progress

THE National Aids Council, UNAids and other partners have started reviewing the country's progress towards achieving the 10 agreed international targets on HIV and AIDS by the year 2015. Speaking to journalists in Harare last week, NAC monitoring and evaluation director Mr Amon Mpofu said the report was due by March 31.

"The objectives of the review are to assess the main achievements towards agreed targets, to define existing gaps and mismatches, and to review national priorities and goals to accelerate actions towards the 2015 targets," he said. The targets were set in June 2011 when all United Nations member states committed to the political declaration on HIV and Aids. The 10 targets under review include reducing sexual transmission of HIV by 50 percent by 2015, eliminate new infections among young children, provide treatment to at least 80 percent of people in need of it, eliminating stigma and discrimination, and eliminate gender inequalities and reducing Tuberculosis deaths in people living with HIV.

He said as part of efforts to profile the review process, a series of discussion forums have been lined up.

These include meetings with Government, media, civil society, donors and other stakeholders.

The last report to the UN General Assembly was done in 2010.

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