Jwaneng records one infant death in two years

NACA's efforts are bearing fruits
NACA's efforts are bearing fruits

JWANENG: District AIDS coordinator, Stella Keipeile has said efforts to prevent pregnant women from infecting their unborn children with HIV have been largely successful in Jwaneng.

At a Youth Against AIDS ceremony held in Jwaneng on Tuesday, she said between 2012 and 2014, Jwaneng registered only one child born with HIV. She said this is proof that the prevention of mother to child  is effective and pregnant mothers to test for HIV and enroll in the programme to save their infants.

However, the same success has not been replicated elsewhere as the general HIV prevalence rate in Jwaneng remain high. Keipeile said statistics show that 12 percent of the adult population in the town is living with the virus. At the gender level, 17 out of 100 women are living with HIV in Jwaneng, while nine out of 100 men in the town have the virus. Keipeile said teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, alcohol and multi-concurrent relationships remain a challenge in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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