Plans underway to increase anti-HIV drugs distribution up to 95 % next year: Health Ministry

Photos and logos of AIDS depict World AIDS Day poster displayed at the ceremony at Ahlon BEHS-4 in Yangon. Photo: Khaing  Thanda Lwin
Photos and logos of AIDS depict World AIDS Day poster displayed at the ceremony at Ahlon BEHS-4 in Yangon. Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin

Yangon, 1 Dec — With the assistance of partner organizations, the Ministry of Health has planned to increase its supply of anti-HIV drugs from 60 % to 95 % of people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) next year in a bid to control HIV infections in the country.
“This effort is believed to reach the millennium development goals for combating the spread of HIV/AIDS in 2015,” said Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe at the celebration of World AIDS Day on Monday at Ahlon BEHS-4.
He went on to say that plans are underway to increase the allocation of the health-related budget in the future so as to accelerate the ministry’s development processes, with an official saying that health departments in Yangon Region received more than K1 billion from the budget this fiscal year.
According to a 2013 survey of the International AIDS Society, about 35 million people are living with HIV worldwide, with more than 2 million becoming infected with the virus in a single year.
In Myanmar, there are over 180,000 HIV-infected people who are 15 years of age and above. Most of them became infected with the virus through genital contact, said Dr Aye Ko Ko, head of the Yangon Region Health Department. He added that the Ministry is also planning to establish Decentralized ART Sites at 150 locations across the nation by the end of 2016 in a bid to ensure the easy accessibility of HIV services to the target population.
The survey from 2000 to 2013 said that the rate of HIV transmission in Myanmar has decreased to 0.47 % from 0.94 %. However, about 120,000 patients do not have access to medication yet.—GNLM

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