Governor Mike Sonko had the privilege to address The AIDSFREE Global Forum in United Kingdom earlier today as one of the leaders of the six focus cities by the Forum.
The Forum which is part of global efforts aimed at reducing the burden of HIV in cities across the world and targets at ending the epidemic was held at the Conduit St, Mayfair.
Sonko’s presence at the forum was to demonstrate Nairobi’s continued commitment in the fight against HIV/AIDS as one of the fast-track cities.
The project which is funded by the United Kingdom government aims at scaling up for the first time HIV Self-Test with hopes to increase awareness as well as to get more people getting tested and knowing their status.
A 2014 Paris Declaration which was amended in 2018 notes that the fast-track cities in ending the AIDS epidemic are achieving the 90-90-90 targets by 2020.
This means that 90 percent of people living with HIV know their status, 90 percent that of those who know they are HIV positive are on treatment and ultimately, 90 percent of those on treatment have suppressed viral loads.
Other leaders who spoke at the event were Vicky Hobart and Robb Pitts.
Leaders, doctors, NGOs and activists across the AIDSFREE cities were in attendance to discuss how to bring the menace to an end.
People living with HIV also had chance to share their experience and first-hand impact of the projects and the needs for support to continue.