THE Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) in collaboration with its local and international partners is currently rolling out a Namibia Population based HIV Impact Assessment (NAMPHIA) survey countrywide for the year.
The objectives of NAMPHIA are to assess the burden of HIV and the impact of prevention, care and treatment response across all 14 regions. Information obtained through NAMPHIA will help MoHSS to improve HIV services in Namibia and will capture progress made towards achieving the goal of eliminating new cases of HIV by 2030.
The survey is designed to measure the impact of the HIV pandemic on the population, following close guidance from the Namibian Statistics Agency’s prior experience with national census counts in the past. The survey is only beneficial as an indicator of the impact that the pandemic has on the nation, but more importantly so, it serves as a tracker of where the country stands in its efforts in fighting the disease since independence.
The first phase of NAMPHIA is a household listing, which was conducted end of last month in all the regions. The MoHSS staff visited homes in selected communities during this period to collect basic information about where households are located and who lives there. Information collected during household listing will help the MoHSS to plan for the second phase of NAMPHIA, which is envisaged to commence in May.
During the survey the public is advised that NAMPHIA staff will during visits present valid identification cards and will be in uniform.
This project is supported by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). PEPFAR is the largest commitment by a single nation towards an international health initiative and in Namibia; PEPFAR has contributed over US$1.1 billion for HIV/AIDS activities since its inception in 2003. The United States works with the Government of Namibia and partners to identify people living with HIV and ensure they start and remain on treatment; to prevent new HIV infections; and to care for vulnerable children and other people affected by HIV/AIDS.
PEPFAR’s focus is on supporting the Government’s high level of host country ownership and efforts to achieve the UNAIDS 90 90 90 targets, which translate into 90 percent of people living with HIV knowing their status, 90 percent of those diagnosed positive receiving anti-retroviral treatment and 90 percent of the population on treatment maintaining a suppressed viral load.
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