GIS - 08 November, 2013: The 12th Colloque VIH/SIDA Océan Indien will be held from 13 to 15 November 2013 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Balaclava under the theme Redynamisons la riposte.
Organised by the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, in collaboration with the National AIDS Secretariat of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), the colloquium will bring together around 125 delegates from the Member States of the Indian Ocean Commission, including Ministers and policy makers as well as eminent Professors from France.
The goals of the three-day workshop are to update the knowledge and management of HIV infection and share the best practices and experiences among scientists, medical and paramedical practitioners, the civil society, non-governmental organisations and the private sector. Another objective is to strengthen existing cooperation amongst IOC Member States in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
The colloquium will comprise a scientific programme, a social programme and plenary sessions. Workshops on different issues of HIV and related matters will be held on the last day of the colloquium.
The Colloque VIH/SIDA Océan Indien is an annual event organised on a rotating basis by the Indian Ocean Commission which comprises the following countries: Comoros Islands, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion and Seychelles. The first Colloque was held in 2002 in Reunion Island and Mauritius previously hosted the event in 2003 and 2008 respectively.
HIV/AIDS Figures in Mauritius
As at end August 2013, a total of 5 682 cases of HIV/AIDS were detected in Mauritius of which 1 203 were females. From January to August 2013, a total of 174 cases have been detected out of which 70 were females. The estimated number of people living with HIV and AIDS aged 15+ is around 10 600.
Prior to the year 2000, an average of 25 new cases was being detected. Since then rapid increases have been registered, from 55 cases in 2001 the total reached 921 in 2005 that is an average of 77 cases monthly. Between 2006 and 2010, an average of 548 cases yearly or 46 cases monthly have been registered. In 2011, the number of new cases detected dropped to 401 with an average of 33 cases monthly, and to 320 cases in 2012 with an average of 27 cases monthly. The average monthly case up to August 2013 is 22.
This downward trend in the detection rate of HIV cases is a result of the successful implementation of preventive measures to contain the disease. Some of the measures include the formulation of the National Multisectoral HIV and AIDS Strategic Framework; setting up of the National AIDS Secretariat under the aegis of the Prime Minister’s Office; introduction of Harm Reduction measures namely the Methadone Substitution Therapy and the Needle Exchange Programme in 2006; enactment of the HIV and AIDS Act in 2007; and decentralisation of Voluntary Counselling and Testing at Primary Health Care Level.
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