(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Ministry of Health has commenced
discussions with multilateral and private sector partners to
seek funds in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and research, an
official said Monday.
The director of medical services in
the Health Ministry, Jackson Kioko, told a forum in Nairobi that
Kenya aimed to boost funding in the fight against AIDS.
“Our response to HIV/AIDS... calls for
strategic investment in high impact interventions like
awareness, testing, treatment and research,” Kioko said.
Kioko said the government will lobby
multilateral donors and foundations to increase AIDS funding in
Kenya during this week’s UN General Assembly.
AIDS affects 5.6 percent of the Kenyan
population. Kioko said both the national and county governments
had endorsed a new AIDS financing strategy to try to ensure all
the infected people had access to lifesaving drugs.
“We have prioritized resources
mobilization to ensure the country achieve the 2030 target
of zero new infections and deaths,” said Kioko, adding that
an estimated 950,000 Kenyans infected with AIDS were on
Kenya ranks among top five African
countries with progressive funding and biomedical interventions
in the elimination of the AIDS pandemic before a UN target of