No ending aids in Africa: without protected rights

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Author: Felicita Hikuam
Date: April-June 2016
From: Sister Namibia(Vol. 28, Issue 2)
Publisher: Sister Namibia
Document Type: Article
Length: 1,092 words
Lexile Measure: 1920L

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According to recent figures of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), 13,3% (200 000) of Namibian adults aged 15 to 49 are living with HIV. Of these, 120 000 are women and adolescent girls, who have higher infection rates than their male peers due to biological, economic and other reasons. Over the past decade, Namibia has made great strides in rolling out HIV prevention programmes and commodities, increasing the number of people living with HIV who are accessing antiretroviral treatment and significantly reducing the incidence of vertical HIV transmission from mother to child.

Much of this success has been underpinned by unparalleled political will displayed by the Namibian government signing off several international and regional commitments to address HIV. These commitments include a good Constitution, comprehensive HIV-related policies and frameworks at national level as well as the endorsement of the Millennium Development Goals, Abuja Declaration on HIV-AIDS, Tuberculosis and other related Infectious Diseases and the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV Declaration of Commitment in 2001 as well as more recently, the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 and the Political Declaration on Ending AIDS a few weeks ago.

While there is much excitement around the new declaration, many national, regional and international civil society groups have returned from the United Nations Headquarters in New York, tired and with much apprehension and disappointment. Amongst others, civil society was very disappointed to start the meeting with news of the barring of a number of key HIV advocacy organisations representing gay and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, and drug users from attending the meeting by their...

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