Advocates Request Support for HIV-Positive People Affected by Floods in Namibia
The Solidarity Community Care Organization is requesting urgent support for HIV-positive people affected by recent flooding in northern areas of Namibia, the Namibian reports. The organization in a recent statement voiced concerns that HIV-positive people who require antiretroviral treatment might be forced to discontinue their medicines because health centers are inaccessible. SCCO Chair Hishiyukifa Mwandingi also said that flood damage has hindered access to checkups and treatment appointments at health facilities.
"We are therefore calling upon all HIV-positive people, especially those on [antiretrovirals] in the affected regions, to take responsibility for their treatment by keeping to their appointments and adhering to their treatment at all times," SCCO said, adding, "Those who are strong must assist the weaker ones to reach health facilities." The group also called on community health workers in the country's Ohangwena and Oshana regions to help ensure that people remain on their antiretroviral regimens. In addition, members of the organization thanked national and regional health authorities for their help in addressing health issues in affected areas, the Namibian reports (Namibian, 3/18).