Kenya defeating HIV/AIDS, Uhuru insists
30 October 2015, 17:25
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that Kenya is winning the fight against HIV/AIDS and that he is confident that it will be put in check in the coming years.
He affirmed his committed to making Kenya the third country in Africa to control the HIV epidemic after Botswana and Namibia.
“Long-term options, including providing HIV treatment as part of
national health insurance, setting up HIV and health funds that will
leverage government financing and fostering strategic private public
partnerships are urgently required,” President Kenyatta said.
He urged Africa’s development partners to bridge the financing gap in
combating the HIV/Aids in order to foster more equal partnerships.
“Such global commitment with targets, investments and actions could
well result in averting 28 million new infections and 21 million Aids
related deaths by 2030,” President Kenyatta said.
He also underscored the need for a joint India-Africa cooperation
framework on health commodity security, as part of an enhanced
partnership in the war against HIV/Aids.
He said a framework focused on health commodity security would
facilitate local manufacturing capacity and promote technology transfer
for production of high quality medicines that would be accessible and
affordable to those who require them.
“With the imminent changes for Indian manufacturers and an increasing
number of African countries graduating to a middle income country
status, such a framework needs to safeguard and extend the HIV related
flexibilities under the trade and intellectual property rights,”
President Kenyatta said.
President Kenyatta – who received accolades for spearheading the
fight against Aids among the youth – said Kenya was adopting policies
for incubation of local industries for commodities and pharmaceutical
“Kenya is taking the lead on pharmaceutical testing, utilizing its WHO prequalified laboratory, one of five in Africa,” he said.
It is estimated that around 1.6 million Kenyans live with HIV/AIDS.
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