Regional security sector officials attending the 6th Zimbabwe Uniformed Forces Health Services Conference have been urged to adopt an integrated and more urgent action against the burden of non-communicable diseases and HIV/AIDS.

Officials from African countries’ military health services are attending the three-day conference aimed at developing common strategies in responding to non-communicable diseases and HIV/AIDS psycho-social effects within the security sector.

Zimbabwe Defense Forces Commander, General Constantino Chiwenga told the participants that the region should develop strategies to overcome the functional and funding constraints derailing responses in the fight against non-communicable diseases and HIV/AIDS.

General Chiwenga said on its part, Zimbabwe is working on establishing a fully fledged research institute which is part of the envisaged College of Health Services Sciences.

Army chiefs from the region said it critical that the security sector share knowledge, research findings and experiences to drive an evidence based clinical and military health agenda.

The conference is running under the theme: ‘Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus and the Risk of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Uniformed Forces.