In 2010 the UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic showed that Belize had the highest HIV prevalence in Central America and it ranked 3rd highest in the Caribbean. Since then Belize has made remarkable progress in reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.
Many trainings, workshops, and symposiums have been carried out over the past five years to achieve the getting to zero theme. But with that comes obstacles including the delinquency in adherence to the antiretroviral medication.
On Saturday an adherence workshop was held in Corozal where facilitators focused on the importance of using the antiretroviral medication.
Veronica Ortega- Facilitator Adherence workshop
“Well, since adherence is focusing on prevention of this drug resistance viral patient it is very important for us to continue this follow up and this is just the beginning to a continuation to adherence specially when it comes to anti-viral therapy so that is where the country is moving as we do have a mixture of viruses now a stronger strand that presently for Belize is being studied and not being seen in other countries and it is a public health issue when it comes to studying this type of virus and what medication will be working if in case Belize continue to have this different process of reinfection and production of different types of HIV viruses. The purpose of this training is to empower our community members on the three districts on adherence and the importance of adherence for medications for people living with HIV virus, we have members from the Island committees that is San Pedro and we have members from Orange Walk, the National Aids Commission and Corozal at the end of this workshop our focus is to providing this tool training sessions to members to be able to assist patients with HIV on proper adherence to medications and to follow care and the importance to trying to living healthy.”
The training was funded by USAID capacity Belize and saw the participation of members of the National Aids Commission Country Coordinating Mechanism and its sub committees, who have one common vision. That is that by the end of 2016, Belize will have continued to reduce the number of HIV infections; extended the length and quality of people living with HIV and their families; significantly reduced discrimination against persons vulnerable to HIV; and effectively coordinated a multi-sectorial response which is human rights based and gender responsive.
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