First lady from Namibia wins international award for her work in the fight against AIDS



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Namibia's first lady, Monica Geingos, speaks during a gala dinner for Namibian medicine graduates in Windhoek. Image: Wu Changwei / AP

Namibia is on track to meet UNAIDS goals by 2020, said First Lady Monica Geingos, who received an international award for her fight against AIDS in Namibia.

Geingos affirmed her country's successful fight against AIDS while she and Irish pop star Sir Geldof received the 2018 World Without Aids award at the 25th German gala event of the German AIDS Foundation at the Deutsche Opera in Berlin, Germany . , the Namibian Broadcasting Agency (NBA) reported.

The award was presented by German Health Minister Jens Spahn in recognition of the leadership role the first lady played on the global agenda to end AIDS by 2030.

More than 2000 guests attended the ceremony, including the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier and First Lady Elke B├╝denbender.

In his acceptance speech, Geingos expanded Namibia's success in its response to HIV.

His personal focus has been on initiatives involving young people about the disease through his #BeFree movement, a multi-faceted youth-oriented platform that also facilitates access to services.

She said that a recent HIV Impact Assessment in the Namibian Population (NAMPHIA) showed that women had already achieved the UNAIDS targets set for 2020 while there was still work to be done to achieve statistics that are satisfactory for men.

The South African country's success is attributed to global solidarity and investment, with domestic funding accounting for 65 percent of its response to HIV.

However, Geingos warned that structural inequalities could undermine gains if social and economic empowerment approaches were not integrated.

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