This Tuesday May 9, 2023, the minister of public health and fight against AIDS Dr Sylvie NZEYIMANA launched a two days workshop to enhance public-private sector partnership to address HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
The main objective of the workshop that took place in Hotel Source du NIL located in Bujumbura town hall was to involve sector actors in the implementation of the strategic plan to fight AIDS/HIV 2023-2027.
The workshop comes after a thirteen-month period of its first launch in Bujumbura, March 29, 2022 where Dr Sylvie NZEYIMANA presented the 2022 action plan of consultative and Decision-Making Framework for Organisations of people living with HIV/ AIDS.
According to the the National Strategic Plan 2023-2027, 2030 has been targeted to be the year by which not only Burundi but also the world will definitely eradicate HIV/AIDS.
Bosco MUGISHA, a citizen met at Bwiza, hesitates about the end of HIV/AIDS and complaints that people living with HIV/AIDS do not get medications, “The government and those private sectors should grant antiretroviral drugs” adds MUGISHA.
For him, AIDS/HIV’s drugs remain a prestige of well-off families.
Another citizen who lives with HIV/AIDS Antoine MANARIYO met at KIGOBE suggests the facility in obtaining medications; “the government should put the teachings for preventing HIV/AIDS in schools because young generation follow what they see on social media which lead them to misbehave” adds MANARIYO
According to the statistics in this year, “Burundi has reached the three 95-95-95 within the framework of the fight against HIV/AIDS; That is to mean: 95% of people who living with HIV/AIDS know their life status in early 2023, 95% had put on treatment of antiretroviral and 95% cut out viral load”, according to the African Constituency
Noting that last year the statistics were the three 90-90-90 as WHO states in the report of March 15, 2022.