Africa still threatened by AIDS resurgence, US agency

Africa still threatened by AIDS resurgence, US agency

The new head of the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar), Dr John Nkengasong, says HIV and Aids remain a significant threat for Africa.

The virologist from Cameroon has spent the last two years heading Africa’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

He told the BBC that there was a potential for a resurgence of HIV/Aids in many parts of Africa and that it was still an emergency which deserved the attention it received 20 years ago.

He said there was a risk that more recent outbreaks such as Ebola and coronavirus would undermine gains made in the fight against HIV/Aids.

“We have to recognise that with the random occurrence of emerging diseases, Like Ebola and Covid-19, the risk is that they will begin to undermine the gains that we’ve made in advancing the HIV programme. We have to look at a platform that can make the HIV response programme more resilient to potential outbreaks of other diseases.”

With BBC

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