Report: Rwanda close to meeting UN target to end HIV epidemic

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A national survey released in Rwanda says the country is making great strides towards achieving the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 90-90-90 target that helps end the epidemic.

The Rwanda Population-based HIV Impact Assessment showed that 84 percent of all people living with HIV know their status; 98 percent of those who are diagnosed HIV positive are on sustained antiretroviral therapy (ART); and 90 percent of those on ART have an undetectable viral load, reaching 84-98-90 of the joint target set by the UNAID in 2014.

The 90-90-90 target campaign aims to have all the above three steps reach 90 percent by 2020, in a bid to eliminate AIDS by 2030.

The survey was conducted between October 2018 and March 2019, with 11,000 households visited, and over 30,000 adults aged 15-64 and 9,000 adolescents aged 10-14 interviewed.

About 210,200 Rwandans aged 15-64 live with HIV, representing 3 percent of the population in the age group.

“There is no doubt prevention efforts to end the HIV epidemic in Rwanda are working,” said Rwandan Minister of Health Diane Gashumba here at the survey release event.

“We are performing well in the fight against HIV. However, we need to maintain our efforts, improve our approaches and become even more innovative in looking for better solutions,” Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente said at the event.

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