Kenya’s ministry of health will scale up investments in youth friendly HIV/AIDS prevention and management programs as it fast-tracks total elimination of the pandemic in line with global goals, senior officials said on Monday
Nduku Kilonzo, the CEO of National Aids Control Council (NACC), said that both the central and county governments will retool the fight against AIDS by focusing more on adolescents and youth given their vulnerability to the killer disease.
“We are committed to achieve the 2030 targets on zero HIV infections and deaths but youth friendly interventions are key to realize this goal,” Nduku remarked.
She spoke in Nairobi during a national forum to take stock of progress achieved in reducing HIV infections among adolescents and youth since 2015 when President Uhuru Kenyatta launched a strategy to cushion this demographic from the infectious disease.
Statistics from the ministry of health indicate that an estimated 300,000 adolescents and youth were living with HIV/AIDS by the end of 2017 unlike other demographics where new infections had stagnated.
Kenya ranks among the four countries that have the highest Aids burden globally with government statistics indicating that an estimated 6 percent of the country’s population is living with the disease. Enditem