hiv_aids.gifThe elimination of pediatric HIV and the dream for an AIDS free generation will come under the spotlight next week, when the country hosts the 2nd Zimbabwe National HIV and AIDS conference from the 5th to the 8th of this month.  

After committing itself to reducing mother to child transmission (MTCT) of HIV at the 2011 United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS, Zimbabwe will from this Monday take stock of the country’s response to the HIV pandemic as well as find the way forward regarding eliminating pediatric HIV.

Addressing journalists in Harare, the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare AIDS and TB Programmes Director, Dr Owen Mugurungi said other countries are now at 2% elimination of pediatric HIV, adding that it is possible for Zimbabwe to also attain that level.  

Zimbabwe is rated among countries that have a high burden of HIV infections among children at a time when there is increasing evidence that mother-to-child transmission of HIV (MTCT) can be virtually eliminated.

However, the country has managed to reduce HIV/AIDS prevalence from as high as 26.5% in 1997 to 14.3% in 2009 amongst adults aged 15-49 years.

More than a thousand delegates are expected to attend the four day conference including former President of Botswana, Mr Festus Mogae, Ministers of Health from Angola, Swaziland and Botswana, and several non-governmental organisations.