Togo needs to do more efforts to reduce deaths related to HIV/AIDS infection, an official from the country’s health ministry said on Thursday. HIV
Prof. Ahoefa Vovor, the director general for studies, planing and health information from Togo’s health ministry made the remarks during the opening session of a sub-regional training workshop on the fight against HIV/AIDS.
“A particular focus should be placed on psychosocial support which is a very important part of the whole treatment process,” she said, noting that despite the government’s efforts and laws protecting persons living with HIV, the disease still constitutes a major public health problem in the country.
The training workshop was organized through the initiative of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, in collaboration with the Togo Episcopal Conference.
The workshop which is being held between June 18 to 21, brings together 30 pastoral officials from eight African francophone countries who are involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS infection.
The objective of the workshop is to empower facilitators so that they can come up with effective strategies for transmitting the training manual on HIV infection to religious actors.
HIV prevalence rate among Togolese adults was estimated to be 2. 5 percent in 2014, whereas the number of HIV positive people who are on antiretroviral (ARV) medication increased from 17,000 in 2011 to 37,511 in 2014.
The number of children on ARV treatment in 2014 was 2,861 which was 20 percent of the eligible children, whereas the number of pregnant mothers on ARV treatment under the program for elimination of mother-to-child transmission was estimated to be 71 percent. Enditem

-Xinhua

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