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Health CS urges citizens to take responsibility in fight against HIV

09 April 2014, 09:11 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Health Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia has called on citizens to take responsibility in the fight against HIV/AIDS saying that the health sector cannot handle the matter alone.

Macharia said that although the country has witnessed a steady and stabilizing HIV prevalence, there is a need to accelerate the effort to attain zero new infections.

"Ministries through ACUs clearly need to do more on promotion of HIV testing and counseling, condom use; general HIV awareness among other interventions," said Macharia.

He stated although universal access to health services is impossible without financial support, there is need to promote local financing mechanisms, integrate efficiency and effectiveness in all government programmes. He said this is achievable by implementing the right mix of evidence-based programs and monitor and evaluate the outcomes to determine progress.

"We should not loose the momentum. Together we can get to zero new infections, deaths due to HIV/AIDS, stigma and discrimination," stated Macharia.

The CS noted that the government recently developed the HIV prevention revolution road-map that aims at dramatically reduce the number of new infections in the country through a revolutionary shift from current HIV prevention programming approaches towards new population-focused combination approaches.

"The road-map provides guidance for geographical and population prioritization of HIV prevention interventions to optimize reduction of new infections as well as scale up implementation of combination HIV prevention interventions," sated Macharia.

The Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey 2012 Preliminary Report established that while HIV testing level had increased to 725 among adults aged between 15 to 64, 53 of Survey participants found infected with the virus were unaware of their status.

The Report also revealed that HIV prevalence is lowest for the population without primary education at 4 % for women and 2.4 % for men compared to those with post primary education.  

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