By Abigirl Tembo
ZIMBABWE has set an ambitious target to reduce mother to child transmission of HIV and Syphilis by four percent this year.
Stakeholders involved in the fight against the dual elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and Syphilis held a hybrid meeting this Wednesday to review progress made so far.
Officiating at the event, Vice President General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care called for more efforts to reach the gold tier after Botswana attained the silver tier on the path to elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV.
“In a similar vein Zimbabwe is implementing the five year plan for elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and Syphilis since 2018. The year 2022 is our fifth and final year of implementing this inaugural plan.
“We aspire to reach the gold tier on the path to elimination of HIV and Syphilis of 2022. We will need to evaluate how well we have implemented the activities outlined in this plan as we prepare ourselves for the following 5-year plan,” said Dr Chiwenga.
The mother to child transmission rate of HIV and Syphilis currently stands at 8.7 percent against a desired rate of less than five percent for the country to reach the gold tier.