Stakeholders in the health sector today held a preparatory meeting ahead of the inaugural Global HIV Prevention Conference set for Geneva, Switzerland next month.

Zimbabwe is expected to present a report at the conference.

The Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa said some of the issues to be tabled at the conference include the holistic approach to curb the spreading of HIV among mostly sex workers, young people, prisoners and long distance travellers, among other groups.

Addressing some of the issues that manipulate HIV prevention in the country, National AIDS Council (NAC) CEO, Dr Tapiwa Magure said Zimbabwe has made notable progress through prevention strategies crafted towards meeting the 2020 targets of eliminating new HIV infections.

UNAIDS Country Director, Girmay Haile, who also attended the stakeholders meeting, said the country has great potential in revamping the pharmaceutical sector to manufacture anti-retroviral drugs.

The government is working with health stakeholders towards strengthening prevention policies and programmes to achieve the prevention targets set for 2020.