Health

Burundi to achieve UN Programme on HIV/AIDS 90–90–90 targets

“Burundi attained a remarkable success in reducing HIV associated morbidity, mortality and transmission as well as improving the quality of life of people living with HIV,” said Thaddée Ndikumana, Minister of Health, at a public conference on productive health, organized on 17 October by Burundi First Lady, Denise Nkurunziza.

According to him, people living with HIV who know their HIV status have increased from 40% in 2010 to 84% currently. “That increase from 40 to 84% proves that we have taken a big step forward, “said Minister of Health.

Regarding the diagnosed HIV-positive persons receiving sustainable anti-retroviral treatment, the Minister said they have increased from 38% in 2010 to 83% today, while 89% of them have achieved viral suppression.
The Minister is delighted that thanks to these positive results in the fight against HIV / AIDS, living conditions of seropositive persons have considerably improved. “They have good health and conduct their activities normally,” he says

Minister Ndikumana says by 2008, people infected with HIV / AIDS accounted for 6% while since 2017, HIV-positive persons represent 0.9% of the Burundian population. He, however, indicates that some provinces especially in big cities, people living with HIV / AIDS account for around 2%.

In 2014, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and partners launched the 90–90–90 targets which aim to diagnose 90% of all HIV-positive persons, provide antiretroviral therapy for 90% of those diagnosed and achieve viral suppression for 90% of those treated by 2020.