Angola hosts the meeting of South African health ministers

The meeting will allow for discussion of public health issues to contribute to improving the quality of life of the region’s residents, in addition to reviewing the degree of commitment to the decisions adopted in their previous discussions.

Participants will also analyze the health situation in the SADC region.

The meeting was preceded by a meeting of senior officials responsible for health and the fight against HIV and AIDS, during which the procedures and strategies that will be the basis for decision-making were evaluated in the Assembly, which begins this Tuesday and concludes tomorrow.

The Health Ministers will also attend the SADC Malaria Day celebration, which will be held in this capital on Wednesday 29 November.

Although the total number of AIDS-related deaths has fallen by 69 percent since its peak in 2004, and countries such as Botswana, Eswatini, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zimbabwe have achieved their targets, HIV/AIDS remains a major health problem in the world. Region.

According to a UN program report on the topic this year, women and girls (of all ages) in sub-Saharan Africa account for 63% of all new HIV infections.

Moreover, only about 42 percent of the areas with high HIV infection rates in this region have specific prevention programs for adolescents and young women.

The Southern African Development Community is an intergovernmental organization, established in 1992, dedicated to social and economic cooperation and integration in the region, as well as cooperation on political and security matters.

The SADC region includes Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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