US ambassador to Namibia to visit Walvis Bay roadside clinic
WINDHOEK, 10 OCT (NAMPA) – The U.S Ambassador to Namibia, Thomas Daughton will on Thursday visit the Roadside Container Clinic at Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region to gain first-hand insight on the provision of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).
A media release issued Tuesday by the United States Embassy Public Affairs Officer, Eric Atkins, says the visit is based on the HIV prevention guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO) which are supported by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPfar), through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Currently the Society for Family Health and the Walvis Bay Corridor Group started offering PrEP in July and manage container clinics at Oshikango, Katima Mulilo and Walvis Bay.
The event will include a media tour through the facility and will be attended by the Erongo Region Governor, Cleophas Mutjavikua and the Walvis Bay Mayor Immanuel Wilfried.
PrEP is the use of antiretroviral drugs to prevent those at high risk from contracting HIV, the human immune virus which causes Aids.
PEPfar is the largest commitment by the United States government towards the international health initiative to combat HIV/AIDS around the world.