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Angola with 20 new infections daily and 16,000 annual deaths from HIV/AIDS, reveals NGO

At least 16,000 people die annually in Angola from HIV/AIDS and the country, which has around 340,000 HIV positive people, is registering around 20 new infections daily, especially among young people, a non-governmental organization announced this Wednesday.


The current situation of HIV/AIDS in Angola was presented this Wednesday by the Angolan Network of AIDS and Great Endemic Services Organizations (Anaso), a non-governmental organization, considering that the situation is alarming, particularly among young people.

According to Anaso, Angola has a prevalence rate of 2 percent and HIV/AIDS in the country continues to have a female face, with around 190,000 women living with the disease, 44,256 young people between the ages of 14 and 24 and around 39,000 children aged between zero and 14 are also living with the virus.

The organization also estimates that Angola registers 22,000 new infections per year and that it has 264,365 orphans as a result of the disease.

António Coelho, president of Anaso, made it known, on the occasion, that Luanda, the country's capital, represents 40 percent of HIV/AIDS cases in the country and that the municipality of Viana, one of nine in Luanda, is the most affected from the country.

Cunene, Moxico, Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul are also among the provinces with the highest seroprevalence.

The data were presented this Wednesday during the monthly meeting of this organization on the days alluding to World AIDS Day 2022, which takes place between November 15 and December 15 2022 across the country.

Francisco Simões, a member of Anaso's management body, who presented the general picture of the epidemic in Angola, also spoke of constraints in actions to prevent and combat HIV/AIDS in the country.

The weak sustainability of the community response, poor data collection and processing, limited community funding, high stigma and discrimination, weak coordination between partners and the absence of a national policy on community health were identified as current constraints.

For the official, the country still faces enormous challenges in the response to HIV/AIDS, namely the sustainability of the response, improving the quality of care for people living with the disease, improving adherence and the decentralization of services to reduce the "high rates of of abandonment".

The president of Anaso said, on the other hand, that funding is also one of the major problems to respond to the epidemic, referring that the General State Budget (OGE) "does not respond" to the challenges of the disease and defended the involvement of the business sector.

Raising awareness of the population on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS is the general objective of Anaso's days, which should take place under the motto "Ending Inequalities".

Anaso hopes to mobilize 29.5 million kwanzas to support the expenses of the days alluding to World AIDS Day 2022, which is celebrated on December 1st.


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