Namibia has received an award from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in recognition of its remarkable progress towards reaching the UNAIDS 95–95–95 targets and progress towards ending the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2030.

The award was presented by the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, who oversees the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

The award was received by the Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe.

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, highlighted that Namibia has been battling the HIV and AIDS epidemic for about 37 years now, since the first case of HIV was detected in 1986.

"Based on the latest spectrum estimates, Namibia has achieved 92%–99%–94% of the UNAIDS 95–95–95 target. Meaning: Among the estimated PLHIV, 92% are aware of their HIV status. Among PLHIV who are aware of their HIV status, 99% are on ART. Among PLHIV on ART, 94% are virally suppressed. In summary, Namibia has surpassed the second 95% target and is close to achieving the first and third 95% targets. Congratulations, Namibia!"

The minister further stressed that the fight is not yet over and that the aim is to end AIDS as a Public Health Threat by 2030.

"The Ministry has recently completed the review of the National Strategic Framework (NSF) for HIV/AIDS, interrogated data, and had conversations with all stakeholders up to the community level to understand how far we have gone in the response and also to get a better understanding of who is left behind in this response. As a result, a new National Strategic Framework for 2023-2024 to 2027-2028 is finalized and will be launched soon."

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