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Namibia's first lady wins international prize for her work in the fight against AIDS



Namibian first lady Monica Geingos talks during a gala dinner for Namibian doctoral students in Windhoek. Photo: Wu Changwei / AP

Namibia is about to reach UNAIDS target by 2020, says First Lady Monica Geingos, who has received an international award for her fight against Aids in Namibia.

Geingos confirmed her country's successful fight against AIDS because she and Irish pop star Sir Bob Geldof were presented with the 2018 World Without Aids Award at the 25th Opera Gala event organized by the German Aids Foundation at Deutsche Opera on Sunday in Berlin, Germany, reported Namibian broadcasting agency (NBA).

The prize was presented by German health minister Jens Spahn as recognition of the leading role that the first lady has played on the global agenda to end AIDS before 2030.

At the ceremony, more than 2,000 guests participated, including German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and First Lady Elke Büdenbender.

In his approval, Geingos spoke of Namibia's success in his response to HIV.

Her personal focus has been on initiatives that involve youngsters in the disease through her # BeFree movement, a multi-faceted youth-driven platform that also facilitates access to services.

She said that a new Namibia population-based HIV Impact Assessment (NAMPHIA) showed that women had already achieved the UNAIDS targets set for 2020 while there were still work done to achieve satisfactory statistics for men.

South Africa's success is attributable to global solidarity and investment, with domestic funding equivalent to 65 percent of its HIV response.

However, Geingos warned that structural inequalities could undermine the gains made if social and economic empowerment was not integrated.


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