Tanzania sees drop in new HIV/AIDS infections, deaths

On a medical record form, a pen rests on the section where Virology blood tests to be ordered are recorded. These blood tests relate to HIV and AIDS.

Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said on Wednesday new HIV/AIDS infections dropped by 38.2 percent from 110,000 in 2010 to 68,000 in 2020.

In his address to mark the World AIDS Day in Mbeya region, Majaliwa said HIV/AIDS-related deaths in the east African nation fell by half from 64,000 deaths in 2010 to 32,000 deaths in 2020.

Majaliwa attributed achievements made in fighting the disease to various initiatives taken by the government in collaboration with other key stakeholders in the fight against the epidemic.

He said HIV/AIDS testing recorded an increase from 61 percent in 2016 to 83 percent in 2019.

Majaliwa added that the use of antiretroviral drugs prevented the virus from multiplying by 92 percent in 2019 from the previous 87 percent in 2016.

He said the government has also taken various measures aimed at improving mother and child care that have helped to slow down the rate of infection from mothers to their newborns from 18 percent to 7 percent.