Increasing domestic funding, voluntary testing and fighting stigma are considered to be the best solution in addressing HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe.

This came out at the World AIDS Day commemorations held in Glendale, Mashonaland Central Province.

The increase in the number of people on antiretroviral treatment from 5 000 in 2004 to 1.2 million is one of the achievements made by government in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Addressing multitudes of people who came for the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa appealed for robust educational campaigns to fight stigma and increase domestic funding.

The First Lady who is also the Ambassador of Health reaffirmed her commitment to working with the Ministry of Health and Child Care in preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS.

A new effective line of drugs will be introduced in 2019 to complement the existing treatment said Dr Obadiah Moyo who is the Minister of Health and Child Care.

United Nations resident coordinator Mr Bishow Parajuli commended the government’s efforts in fighting HIV and AIDS.

The commemorations saw a number of people giving testimonials on their HIV status an indication of the progress made thus far in HIV campaigns.

The hosting of the event by Mashonaland Central came as a response to the prevalence of cases of child abuse in the province.