Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health, Dr David Parirenyatwa, says stakeholders in the health sector who are working on a new HIV and Aids strategy, should build on the success of the current policy adopted in 2005, which has seen Zimbabwe recording the sharpest decline in the prevalence of the deadly virus globally.
Efforts by the Zimbabwean government to reduce both the incidents and prevalence of HIV and Aids have been largely successful in the last few years.Â
At the last Aids Conference held in Vienna recently, Zimbabwe recorded the sharpest decline in HIV prevalence which is now at 13,7% and this has been attributed to strategies that were implemented by the government some years back.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Zimbabwe National HIV and Aids Strategic Plan National Consultative Meeting, which is currently underway in Harare, Dr Parirenyatwa noted that the implementation of the 2005-2010 Aids Policy ledÂ to a sharp decline in the HIV and Aids prevalence rate.
â€œI am excited with this development and the fact that itâ€™s a consultative process where various stakeholders are being given a chance to have a say. Look at what we achieved through the 2005 to 2010 Aids Strategy, we are now known the world over for recording the sharpest decline in HIV prevalence,â€ said Dr Parirenyatwa.
National Aids Council (NAC) Chief Executive, Dr Tapiwa Magure noted that the new HIV and Aids policy being formulated by stakeholders will assist in co-ordinating the activities of various groups fighting the scourge.
Dr Magure said â€œIt is important in any country to have a guiding policy and that is what this new strategy is going to do. You know we have several players and if they are allowed to act independently we might end up not achieving anything as a country.â€
Dr Richard Matikanya, who is leading the team of consultants who are compiling input for the new Aids strategy, said the approach in the fight against the deadly pandemic will focus mainly on those areas that were considered weak in the previous strategy.
The two-day meeting has attracted participants from all the ten provinces in the country including people living with HIV and Aids.