12 June 2018

Angola: Official Points to Challenges to Reduce HIV Cases

Luanda — Education and access to information and use of condoms are among the preventive challenges presented by the National Institute for Fight Against AIDS.

The concern was expressed at "National Workshop of Civil Society Organisations on Strengthening the Community Health System in Angola."

The institution's director, Maria Lúcia Furtado, mentioned other challenges for reduction of HIV cases in the country.

She pointed to access to testing, taboos, stigma, discrimination, gender issues, late diagnosis and efficient treatment.

The director put at about 310,000 the number of people living with HIV in the country, according to the statistics released by institute in 2017.

The number of children is estimated at 27,000, ranging from 0 to 14 years, with an equal number of new infections recorded.

Women stand at 190,000, including 21,000 pregnant women.

Still in 2017, about 13,000 died of disease, amongst adults and children.

Prevalence in the country remains two percent.

Representatives from 15 provinces and 110 civil society organisations attended the two-day event.

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