Finally, Botswana got the silver tier for their huge step in eradicating HIV/AIDS

 

According to the World Health Organization, the first HIV patient in Botswana was diagnosed in 1985. 

After that Botswana citizens began to face one of the most severe HIV epidemics in the world. 

At the end of 2003, around 370,000 children and adults were infected by HIV. 64% of them were females.

 

Years ago, Botswana has one of the highest rates of HIV in the world. About 37% of the adults were infected by the virus.

 

But now, Botswana’s Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) program has become one of its best successful HIV treatment programs.

 

According to the latest reports, Botswana succeeded in the extermination of the HIV epidemic and became the first high burden country that got certification for achieving this significant milestone. 

Finally, Botswana got the silver tier for their huge step in eradicating HIV/AIDS According to the World Health Organization, the first HIV patient in Botswana was diagnosed in 1985. After that Botswana citizens began to face one of the most severe HIV epidemics in the world. At the end of 2003, around 370,000 children and adults were infected by HIV. 64% of them were females. Years ago, Botswana has one of the highest rates of HIV in the world. About 37% of the adults were infected by the virus. But now, Botswana's Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) program has become one of its best successful HIV treatment programs. According to the latest reports, Botswana succeeded in the extermination of the HIV epidemic and became the first high burden country that got certification for achieving this significant milestone. Their antiretroviral treatment program has launched in 2002 and that became one of the most successful programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Thanks to The Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) at the Texas Children's Hospital. They provided free accessible medication and treatment for HIV/AIDS infected individuals. “This is a huge accomplishment for a country that has one of the most severe HIV epidemics in the world. Botswana demonstrates that an AIDS-free generation is possible. This groundbreaking milestone is a big step forward in ending AIDS on the continent and shows how visionary political leadership aligned with public health priorities can save lives. I look forward to other African countries also reaching this goal,” said the World Health Organization (WHO) regional director of Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti. The World Health Organization (WHO) awarded a silver tier for the country's best performance. This award was given to those countries where HIV cases are lower than 500 out of 10,000 live births and Mother To Child Transmission (MTCT) rates are below 5%. “We applaud Botswana for this remarkable achievement, which serves as an inspiration to other countries in Eastern and Southern Africa,” said Mohamed Fall, UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa. “The progress on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV in this region is truly a public health success, with more than 1.7 million new infections in children averted since 2010. We look forward to congratulating other countries very soon and continuing the journey to full and sustained elimination over time.” Dr. Mogomotsi Matshaba, executive director of Botswana Baylor Trust said that “This momentous achievement marks not the end but a giant step forward, ever inching closer to complete elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, which has up to now seemed impossible for high-burden countries. We now know it is possible.” Botswana's silver tier certification must be an inspiration to other countries. Health Organizations around the world have been successfully eradicating HIV/AIDS for several years. New researches and development in the field of HIV diagnosis and effective prevention bring hope. Feels like we're getting closer to our destination for creating an HIV-free blue planet.

Their antiretroviral treatment program has launched in 2002 and that became one of the most successful programs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Thanks to The Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) at the Texas Children’s Hospital. 

 

They provided free accessible medication and treatment for HIV/AIDS infected individuals.

“This is a huge accomplishment for a country that has one of the most severe HIV epidemics in the world. Botswana demonstrates that an AIDS-free generation is possible. This groundbreaking milestone is a big step forward in ending AIDS on the continent and shows how visionary political leadership aligned with public health priorities can save lives. I look forward to other African countries also reaching this goal,” said the World Health Organization (WHO) regional director of Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti.

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) awarded a silver tier for the country’s best performance. 

This award was given to those countries where HIV cases are lower than 500 out of 10,000 live births and Mother To Child Transmission (MTCT) rates are below 5%.

 

“We applaud Botswana for this remarkable achievement, which serves as an inspiration to other countries in Eastern and Southern Africa,” said Mohamed Fall, UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa. “The progress on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV in this region is truly a public health success, with more than 1.7 million new infections in children averted since 2010. We look forward to congratulating other countries very soon and continuing the journey to full and sustained elimination over time.”

 

Dr. Mogomotsi Matshaba, executive director of Botswana Baylor Trust said that “This momentous achievement marks not the end but a giant step forward, ever inching closer to complete elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, which has up to now seemed impossible for high-burden countries. We now know it is possible.”

 

Botswana is first country with severe HIV epidemic to reach key milestone in the elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission
Botswana is first country with severe HIV epidemic to reach key milestone in the elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission

 

Botswana’s silver tier certification must be an inspiration to other countries.

 

Health Organizations around the world have been successfully eradicating HIV/AIDS for several years.

New researches and development in the field of HIV diagnosis and effective prevention bring hope.

Feels like we’re getting closer to our destination for creating an HIV-free blue planet.

 

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