HIV report to be released amid soaring infections among teens - KBC

2022-10-01 01:55:05 By : Ms. judy zhu

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The National Syndemic Diseases Control Council formerly National AIDS Control Council (NACC) will this morning give a progress report on the HIV and AIDS situation in the country.

The findings to be released by the national agency that was restructured in August will outline the country’s progress, current status and preparedness in managing HIV and AIDS.

The statistics are also being made public against an alarming wave of new infections among adolescents and the youth.

It also happening ahead of the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) to be held next year.

Kenya and Uganda have been pre-selected as potential host countries with assessment visits having been conducted before the announcement of the winner in the first week of October.

Kenya garnered 138 votes against Uganda’s 125 votes.

“ We are pleased to announce that the Republic of Kenya and Republic of Uganda have been preselected by SAA-paid members to proceed to the second stage of the selection process for the ICASA 2023 host country. Out of 635 paid members for the year 2022, only 234 were able to cast their votes. The selected host country will be announced after the assessment visits to Kenya and Uganda” revealed SAA.

Kenya is one of the sub-Saharan Africa countries bearing the greatest burden of the HIV epidemic and other sexually transmitted infections.

As at 2021 HIV was still the leading cause of death in Africa. In sub-Saharan Africa, adolescent girls and young women (aged 15 to 24 years) are at higher risk of HIV infection: they account for about 1 in 4 new infections, despite comprising only 10% of the population.

In Kenya, every year based on 2021 data, about 16,518 adolescent girls and young women aged 10-24 newly acquire HIV.

As of 2021, Kenya had a total of 1,435,271 persons living with HIV, of which 24,176 were from Makueni County.

Between 2016 and 2021, Kenya recorded a total of 32,027 new cases of HIV, 473 of whom were from Makueni county. Out of 19,486 people who died of HIV in 2021, 389 were from the county. These are not just numbers but lives of girls whose life is disrupted at a critical time. pic.twitter.com/1LTec6dDEa

— NSDCC (@nsdcc_kenya) August 3, 2022

President Uhuru Kenyatta restructured the National Aids Control Council and assigned it more roles beyond interventions to tackle the HIV epidemic.

Following an Executive Order published on August 5, NACC was renamed National Syndemic Diseases Control Council (NSDCC).

Beyond HIV/Aids response, the agency deals with sexually transmitted infections, malaria, tuberculosis, leprosy and lung disease.

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