HIV/AIDS Prevention Activities Said Successful

The Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office (HAPCO) said the efforts made during the past five years to curb the speared of HIV/AIDS have yielded remarkable results.

In Search of "Made-to-Measure" HIV Prevention

With more than half of all Ethiopian adults tested for HIV in the past five years and a campaign for behaviour change in place, specialists are now calling for a more targeted approach.

565,000 People Receive VCT In SNNP

More than 565,000 people have received Voluntarily Counseling and blood Testing (VCT) in South Ethiopia Peoples State over the last six months, state’s health bureau said.

HIV/AIDS Prevalence Rate Decreasing In Ethiopia

The Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office (FHAPCO) said that HIV/AIDS prevalence rate has been declining significantly in Ethiopia.

Creating access and increasing the utilization of HIV/AIDS services with the view of reaching universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support is the primary focus of this program. In addition to HAPCO's focus to expand ART services and ensure the quality of service, other strategies of this program include:

  • Expand treatment and care services with strengthened service linkage and integration;
  • Strengthen HIV laboratory services and referral system;
  • Ensure availability of essential drugs;
  • Enhance treatment literacy and adherence counseling;
  • Strengthen public-private partnership
  • Address human resource issues

General Objectives:

  • To reduce HIV-related morbidity and mortality and improve quality of life of PLHIV.

Specific Objectives:

  • To increase ART enrolment from 73 percent in 2009 to 95 percent in 2014/15.
  • To increase survival rate among those who started ART to 85 percent in 2014/15.
  • To increase patient retention rate among those who started ART from 73 percent to 85 percent in 2014/15.
  • To improve pediatric ART coverage from 66 percent in 2010/11 to 90 percent in 2014/15.
  • To increase percentage of pre-ART patients eligible for and taking cotrimoxazole prophylaxis from 68 percent in 2009 to 95 percent in 2014/15.

Strategies:

  • Expand treatment and care services with strengthened service linkage and integration.
  • Strengthen laboratory and referral systems.
  • Improve TB/HIV collaborative activities.
  • Ensure availability of essential OI and ARV drugs and reagents.
  • Enhance treatment literacy and adherence counseling.
  • Strengthen provision of chronic care and treatment services in the private sector.
  • Address human resource issues.

Quick Facts

  • 33.3 million
  • 33.3 million[31.4-35.3] people were living with HIV worldwide in 2009
  • 1.8 million
  • In 2010 there were 1.8 million AIDS-Related deaths, lower than the 2.2 million in 2005

[Source: WHO/UNAIDS]