In her speech, Chaka Chaka who was the guest of honor at Namibia’s first-ever HIV/AIDS conference at Swakopmund, coastal town of Namibia, said Monday that if people work together, they will save lives.
The conference is being attended by about 600 people, among them are delegates from the World Health Organization, Namibia National Students Organization, UNAIDS as well the business community who discuss ways of containing the disease.
“We can only end AIDS if we practice what we preach,” she said, adding that Namibia has been a shining example of what it means to fight HIV/AIDS.
A report launched in Windhoek on November 21 by the UNAIDS shows that more than 149, 000 people in Namibia are on antiretroviral therapy, while more than 210, 000 are living with the virus.
This progress, according to Chaka Chaka, was because of Namibia’s leaders past and present who introduced interventions such as anti-retroviral treatment, prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections, condom promotion, HIV counseling and testing, Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision, and Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission.
“This does not happen in many African countries and I have seen many children dying without even reaching the age of five,” she said. Enditem