UNAIDS director says Angola's HIV/AIDS prevalence "worrying"

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/10/6 10:39:21

Country Director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Michel Kouakou said Thursday the 2.4 percent HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Angola is "worrying," despite the government's efforts.

UNAIDS actions in Angola will continue to focus on supporting the government in actions to fight the disease, the official told the press on the sidelines of a national workshop aimed at strengthening the country's community health system.

He said the UNAIDS has been supporting the government in implementing a program launched in June called "Testing and Treating," for everyone suffering from HIV/AIDS.

Its goal, he said, is to reach, among others, 90 percent of the people diagnosed with AIDS under antiretroviral treatment by 2030.

The official also spoke of the need for preventive measures against the disease.

The national workshop ending on Thursday in the Angolan capital of Luanda, was organized by the Angola Network of AIDS Service Organizations (ANASO).

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