Civil Society leaders have called for a national policy which will ensure offering antiretroviral therapy (ART) earlier to people diagonised with HIV.
The call was made in Lilongwe during a news conference organised by CSOs working in the area of HIV and Aids management.
.They argued that failure to put proper policy of lifesaving drugs is a quick death trap for HIV sufferers, saying earlier, safer and simpler antiretroviral therapy can push the HIV epidemic into irreversible decline
Safari Mbewe, the executive director of the Manet-Plus, said recent evidence indicates that earlier ART will help people with HIV to live longer, healthier lives, and substantially reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others
“The Ministry of Health should formulate a new national policy that commits immediate initiation of ART to all persons who test HIV positive,” said Mbewe.
“The ministry of health should formulate new national guidelines that direct ART providers to inform and offer treatment to all persons who have tested HIV positive irrespective of their CD4 count,” he added.
Mbewe said is a policy of early treatment is adopted, the country will see significant health benefits at the public health and individual level.
Among those endorsing the recommendations included; Manaso Executive director, Abigail Dzimadzi, Manet Plus, Cedep, MANELERA, NAPHAM, COWLHA, SAT Malawi, MEHN and AVAC Fellow.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :