anti-retroviral drugs
anti-retroviral drugs

The Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) has applauded Botswana for take on a decision to give anti-retroviral tablets to foreign nationals living in the country.

“I commend Botswana for extending free treatment to foreign residents living with HIV,” said Gunilla Carlsson, UNAIDS Executive Director in Botswana on Tuesday in the capital Gaborone.

“This measure will save lives and help the entire country progress towards ending the AIDS epidemic — it is another example of Botswana’s leadership and its determination to leave no one behind in the response to HIV,” Carlsson adds.

Botswana has decided to extend free HIV treatment to foreign residents in a major policy shift that closes a significant gap in the country’s response to the epidemic.

Botswana has the third highest HIV prevalence in the world, with more than one in five of the adult population aged 15-49 years living with the virus.

However, since 2010, AIDS-related deaths have decreased by a third, with new HIV infections down by 36% over the same period.

In 2016, Botswana decided to adopt a treat all strategy by extending free treatment to all citizens living with HIV, a step that has been yielding significant results.

Statistics indicate that there is an estimated 30,000 foreign residents living with HIV in Botswana, and less than a quarter of them currently have access to treatment.

Indications are that many foreign residents were unable to afford medicines or return home to seek medical help. Enditem

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