NAMIBIA’S FIRST EVER NATIONAL HIV/AIDS CONFERENCE OPENS MONDAY

More than 350 delegates have registered for the first-ever national HIV/AIDS conference which opens in the coastal city of Swakopmund in central Namibia Monday.

Delegates include health officials, academic experts, representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Namibia National Students Organization (NANSO), local authorities, business people and politicians.

During the three-day conference, they will deliberate on how to reduce or even root out the pandemic in Namibia, according to Health Services Director for the Erongo Region (province), Jeremia Nghipundjwa, who added that it would also provide an opportunity to build on past achievements by sharing information on new interventions.

The communications and public relations strategist for the event, Usi Hoebeb, said Sunday that the conference programme was packed with topical sessions.

As part of the event, a "village" has been set up at the Vineta Sports Stadium. At the village, services such as voluntary counselling and testing and registration for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) are available.

"The village concept is a unique one where information around HIV/Aids as well as issues surrounding the disease are shared in a more relaxed and artistic manner," Hoebeb said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK