River Region’s Aids Committee has commemorated World Aids Day at Kudang
village, in Niamina East District. During the event, voluntary counselling and
testing were conducted and prizes were awarded to those who answered questions
on HIV/AIDS. The theme of this year’s
celebration is “Right to Health” and campaign slogan “Everyone Counts”. Action
Aid International The Gambia sponsored the programme.
Assistant records officer at the regional Governor’s office Jawara Beyai called for strong collaboration to help the people living with HIV/AIDS. He stressed the need for a strong partnership between stakeholders to continue the fight against infection.
Regional Aids Coordinator Hamadi Sowe said globally, an estimated 36.9 million were living with HIV in 2014 and 2.6 million were children. He said the vast majority of people living with HIV are in low and middle-income countries, pointing out that 15 million people were receiving antiretroviral medicine worldwide. “In the same vein, CRR has about eight health facilities that are conducting HIV testing services with one that provides both testing and treatment services,” he divulged.
Kanifing and Banjul Aids Coordinator Alhagie Cham said the National Aids Secretariat and partner institutions have made significant strides in providing treatment for those living with HIV and Aids. “There are about 4,441currently on ARV, with 63 new cases started. Unfortunately, 24 people died while on ART which constitutes about 0.5%.”