First Lady calls for crucial action to achieve 2030 AIDS targets

Kisii, KENYA December 1, 2019 – There is need to re-committee and re-doubt efforts to achieve the national and global target of an AIDS free nation by 2030, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has said.

She said that HIV remains a pressing issue in areas where lack of access to quality health care services threatens the country’s progress and re-emphasized the need to put more effort in reducing mother to child infections.

She made the remarks on Sunday when she presided over the commemoration of the World AIDs Day 2019 celebrations in Kisii County where she also laid the foundation stone for the Mother to Child Hospital at Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital.

“I ask that we re-commit ourselves to ensure that no child is born with HIV and let us also work together to reduce HIV incidents among the youth,” she said.

Speaking at the event the Cabinet Secretary for Health Sicily Kariuki noted that HIV and AIDS prevalence rates have come down from a high of over 13% in the early 1990s to the current 4.9% besides the global decrease in new infections and AIDS related deaths.

She applauded the First Lady’s Beyond Zero Initiative which she alluded has impacted on service delivery for mothers and infants in the country and commended different Communities and the Faith Sector, for their dedication to the HIV and AIDS Response in the country.

The CS  acknowledged that there has been a general retrogression in the recent years on eMTCT performance, inclusive of Kisii County adding that the Ministry will work with the County government on a new strategy to regain the ground on the slip-back to achieve aspirations of Universal Health Coverage.

She also revealed that the ministry has put in place mechanisms to operationalize the Trust Fund for HIV and NCDs. “This is envisioned to inject the much needed resources to re-energize the HIV and AIDS and co-morbidities programmes and also bridge the existing resource gaps in the country,” she noted.