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Sub-Saharan Africa HIV prevention response meet set for Namibia

Regional experts including top government officials, leading clinicians and researchers, civil society advocates and program implementers will be in Namibia's coastal town Swakopmund, to discuss HIV prevention response in sub-Saharan Africa.

The British High Commission and Wilton Park, an executive agency of the United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Monday said the three day meet will start on March 8 to 10.

Namibia's Health Minister Bernard Haufiku is set to open the session, which will run under the theme, 'Building a stronger HIV prevention response in Sub-Saharan Africa.' Namibia's first lady, Monica Geingos will also grace the event.

According to the British High Commission, participants will discuss what HIV prevention efforts work best, and how these can be expanded and funded across sub-Saharan Africa to best meet the needs of diverse groups at high risk.

Furthermore the groups will identify opportunities to deliver prevention to key populations, to overcome existing barriers and to ensure prevention can be prioritized while treatment for HIV continues to be scaled up.

Earlier in February, health experts from eastern and southern Africa regions' were in Windhoek, discussing HIV prevalence among young adolescent girls and young women. (PNA/Xinhua) RMA/SSC