12 June 2018

Angola: NGOs' Commitment to Convey Educational Messages Highlighted

Luanda — Civil society organisations play a key role in sensitising the communities on sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and young people.

The recognition came from the State Secretary for Public Health José Cunha, stressing that the move prevents contracting sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

José Cunha was speaking at national workshop of civil society organisations (CSOs) on strengthening the community health system in Angola.

He said that the CSOs commitment supports the Executive and their efforts help improve citizens' lives through community-based treatment.

Public Health also acknowledged the early treatment of malaria, taking pregnant women to prenatal consultations, as well as campaigns that to awaken the residents to seek the health units for safe birth.

According to the Secretary, the work enables populations to benefit from the preventive methods of mother-to-child HIV transmission and anti-retroviral treatment for HIV-positive people.

"The work is tasked with sensitising young people to halt the early sexual intercourse and, thus, the reduction of early pregnancies, promoting a healthy maternity and paternity," he said.

He added that there are still challenges for the country to achieve universal health coverage, as there are heterogeneous in some areas, mainly with low vaccination coverage and pre-natal consultations.

On epidemiological profile of the country, the official said that communicable diseases top the list, with malaria being the first cause of disease and death, followed by acute and respiratory diarrheal diseases.

Tuberculosis is one of the infectious diseases with the highest mortality rate in the world, and its treatment is prolonged.

Representatives from 15 provinces and 110 civil social organisations are attending the two-day event.

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