A member of the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases has commended Namibia for leading in PMTCT of HIV/AIDS

A member of the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases has commended Namibia for leading in the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDS.

According to 2013 World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics, Namibia stands at 84 per cent in PMTCT, meaning 84 per cent of babies were born HIV-negative between 2009/2010.

Chairman of the Harvard School of Public Health Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Max Essex was speaking at the Harvard University of Public Health lecture over the weekend in Boston, United States of America.

The lecture was attended among others by Namibian Prime Minister Hage Geingob and a Namibian business delegation who are in that country on a business visit.

Essex also commended Botswana for leading in PMTCT with 93 per cent in 2011, which saved the lives of 11 000 babies who could have been HIV-positive.

He said the two countries are a success story in the southern African region, and are on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal 4 in preventing the HIV/AIDS transmission to babies. That Millennium Development Goal aims at 95 per cent PMTCT in 2015.

SOURCE: NAMPA