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Tue, 06 Aug 2019 10:56 - Updated Tue, 06 Aug 2019 10:56

Gov't expands preventive services of mother-to-child HIV transmission

Cuito - The Angolan government foresees short-term implementation of services for the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in all sanitary units nationwide, said on Monday in central Bié, the Health minister, Sílvia Lutucuta.

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The minister said so to the press during her three-day working visit to the central region.

In the meantime, the official underlined that despite of the launching of the campaign “Born Free to Shine” in December of 2018, (whose goal is to prevent mother-to child HIV transmission) and the positive results it has achieved so far, the government intends to expand this sort of services in every hospital all over the country.

Such measure, added the minister, could lead to the materialization of the Integrated Plan of Intervention in the Municipalities "PIIM", which foresees a serious commitment of municipal administration for the improvement of the health sector.

Data from the Health Ministry showed that from 2015 t0 2016 at least 310,000 people were living with HIV in Angola representing a prevalence of two percent.

Bié province recorded 351 new cases of people infected with HIV in the first trimester of 2018 of which 22 are children.

The campaign dubbed “Nascer Livre para Brilhar" Born Free to Shine launched by Angola’s First Lady Ana Dias Lourenço in December 2018 seeks to help reducing HIV transmission rate from mother to child from 26 percent in 2019 to 14 % by 2021.

The First Lady’s initiative is in line with the strategies of the National Institute for combat AIDS, based on the country's overall goals and commitments; the initiative has recently developed a National Plan for Accelerating the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV.

The campaign aims to raise awareness and give priority to problems experienced by all the countries of the continent and strengthen the political commitment of the African Nations.

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