With Staff Reporter
The Zimbabwe Population-based HIV Impact Assessment 2020 (ZIMPHIA 2020)’s preliminary survey has shown that 14,1% of adults are living with HIV, tantamount to 1.2 million of the Zimbabwean total population.
ZIMPHIA 2020 plans to carry out a survey to measure the state of health of Zimbabwean population and how many people living with HIV and their viral load.
“14,1% of adults are living with HIV and this means that about 1.2 million adults are living with HIV in this age group.
“16% of females and 12% of males are living with HIV and this means that HIV is more common among female than man,” read the ZIMPHIA report.
Speaking at the launch of the new health survey : ZIMPHIA 2020, Director of Aids and TB Unit in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Owen Mugurungi said the new data suggested that Africa was in transition to fight HIV.
“The new data suggests that Africa is on the cusp of beating back HIV. But to do so, it will have to redouble its effort to educate, test and treat more people.”
Mugurungi said Zimbabwe has over the years made significant milestones in HIV programming as the national prevalence rate dropped 29% in 1999 to the current 14,1%.
“Our national prevalence rate has drastically come down from a high of 29% in 1999 to the current 14.1% amongst the adult population. The incidence rate, that is number of HIV infections has gone down from 1,04% in 2010 to 0.42% in 2016.”
“This truly is a remarkable progress and we owe it to ourselves and the hard work and dedication that we have produced over the years,” added Mugurungi.
Spotlight understands that ZIMPHIA survey will commence in November, and is expected to continue through the first half of 2020.
The assessment has been made possible with funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and technical assistance from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is being carried out in four other African Country’s.