Okahandja Park residents commemorate World Aids Day

Okahandja Park residents commemorate World Aids Day

The community of the Okahandja Park informal settlement near Windhoek staged a peaceful march in commemoration of World Aids Day on Friday.
The event aims to recognise the commitment of the Namibian Red Cross Society, Home Based Care volunteers who give the necessary support to people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS.
Statistics revealed at the event by the Namibian Red Cross Society shows that globally over 36 million people are infected by HIV/AIDS.
In Namibia over 200 000 people live with the virus and about 130 000 are receiving antiretroviral therapy.
The Secretary General of Namibia Red Cross Society, Naemi Heita says Namibia has made strides towards the fight against HIV/AIDS as it has declined from 18,2% in 2014 to 16,9% in 2016.
She attributed the decline to the good work done by the Red Cross volunteers who have helped families and communities fight against the pandemic through creating awareness and promoting adherence among the affected and infected.