edith opperman clinic.jpgGovernment says it is imperative to implement strategies aimed at preventing new HIV infections and has challenged stakeholders in the health sector to work towards the attainment of improved and effective responses to HIV and AIDS in the region.

 

This was said by Health and Child Welfare Minister Dr Henry Madzorera after officially opening the Regional AIDS Training Network which brought together delegates from 23 East and Southern African countries.

 

Dr Madzorera said although significant reductions have been achieved by changes in sexual behavior, a lot still needs to be done to accelerate behavior change.

 

He said government is working hard towards eradicating mother to child transmission of HIV.

 

“What we want is to put our heads together in coming up with strategies that will help prevent new infections. We are also working towards eradicating pediatric infections in the next two years,” he said.

 

Regional Aids Training Network Board Chairman Dr Hizaamu Ramadhan said the meeting hopes to bring the majority of participants from Eastern and Southern Africa with evidence based approaches to HIV and AIDS training and capacity development.

 

Regional AIDS Training Network was established in 1997 and its major functions are to facilitate the development of technical and management skills and capacities for implementing effective HIV and AIDS intervention in the Eastern and Southern region.