Byo joins Global Fast Track Cities initiative to end HIV

Mkhululi Ncube |  1 year ago | top

Bulawayo has become the first city in Zimbabwe to join the Fast Track Cities initiative which now boasts of over 350 metropolitan authorities worldwide undertaking various initiatives, to end HIV and AIDS within their jurisdictions by 2030. 

Signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the United Nations programme on HIV and AIDS, (UNAIDS), as well as International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, Bulawayo Mayor Solomon Mguni said the city is witnessing a surge in HIV prevalence among young age groups.

Speaking at the same event, UNAIDS country director Sophia Mukasa Monico called for more investments in the health sector.

The Fast Track Cities initiative was launched in Paris, France, in 2014 after health experts identified Metropolitan cities with big populations as areas of high HIV prevalences.