OTZ targets HIV treatment gaps amongst adolescents

Dr Joan Matji PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Dr Joan Matji PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

UNICEF, alongside the Ministry of Health, NAHPA, CDC, and partners Sentebale and Baylor Botswana, have just rolled out Operation Triple Zero, also known as OTZ, in Gaborone.

UNICEF representative, Dr Joan Matji, emphasised the importance of OTZ at a time when adolescents are lagging in meeting the 95-95-95 targets.

She stressed the need to prevent adolescents from being left behind. "Operation Triple Zero aims to bridge the treatment gap amongst adolescents, ensuring they don't miss doses or appointments and achieve viral suppression," she said. "While clinical care is vital," she added, "we mustn't overlook the various challenges adolescents face, such as socio-economic disparities, which hinder treatment accessibility and adherence.

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