Kenya records drop in HIV/Aids deaths in last decade

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 05:47 | By
Health Cabinet Secretary Cicily Kariuki while launching the World Aids Day 2019 report yesterday. Photo/PD/MATHEW NDUNG’U

Oliver Musembi and Mathew Ndung’u

HIV/Aids-related deaths in Kenya have dropped by 65 per cent over the last 10 years, according to the Health Ministry.

Figures revealed by Health CS Sicily Kariuki indicate the cases have fallen from 60,000 to 28,000 yearly in the last one decade.

Speaking in Thika during the launch of the World Aids Day 2019 report yesterday, the CS added that new infections had also gone down by 51 per cent over the same period from 100,000 to 49,000 per year.

Sicily said despite declining donor support, Kenya had managed to reduce Aids-related deaths by more than half over the last decade.

She added that to mitigate the shortfall, the government had raised the ministry’s budget allocation by 50 per cent and that 1.2 million Kenyans were on retroviral treatment.

Worrying statistics

At the same time, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and Aids (UNAids) executive director Winifred Byanyima said 25 million people were living with HIV and Aids in Africa.

Byanyima said efforts must be made to safeguard the interests and rights of girls and women who suffer traditional biases.

“A girl’s first experience with sex is violent, forceful, that’s the reality. Women and girls don’t enjoy the same safety as men. My heart bleeds everyday I get news of a woman murdered by her lover or husband,” she said.

She added that millions of women couldn’t access healthy sex precautions such as condoms or contraceptives. 

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