TechInAfrica – Recently, Malawi has launched a health software designed to help the government in making informed decisions about policies and programs that are related to health (including HIV) from multiple data sets.
The platform allows leaders and program managers to achieve the 90-90-90 targets of health programs, meaning that 90% of people with HIV will know their status, 90% of HIV-positive people can access treatment, and 90% of people on treatment will have suppressed viral loads by 2020.
For the record, Malawi has shown good progress on its response to HIV. For example, in 2017, 90% of HIV-positive people knew their status, 71% of HIV-positive people got access to treatment, and 61% of people on treatment had a suppressed viral load.
In Malawi, around 1 million people are HIV positive. From 2010 to 2017, HIV infections were reduced by 40%. However, HIV infections among young women and girls aged 15 – 14 years old remain high and increase more than one in four new infections per year.
Arthur Peter Mutharika, the President of Malawi, said: “The health situation room is a demonstration of my government’s commitment towards accountability and transparency. My desire is that the health situation room will show us where to focus to improve even further in our quest for a healthier Malawi.”
Meanwhile, Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of UNAIDS said that the software platform will help to improve the health sector in the country.
“The health situation room is an important innovation as it shares real-time data to improve the understanding of the country’s HIV epidemic and other health challenges. It will guide Malawi’s response and help officials to close the gaps, ensuring that no one is left behind as the country gets on track to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.”