The year 2019 is ending with blessings at the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) as the NACC CEO Dr Nduku Kilonzo was bestowed with the Presidential Honors of the Elder of the Burning Spear, EBS on Jamhuru Day. The honors was conferred for contribution to HIV prevention in Kenya and globally and eMTCT through Beyond Zero.
Kenya has generally registered significant progress in the HIV response. The 2018 Kenya AIDS Response Progress Report shows that the country demonstrated the return on investments in the HIV response in terms of reduced new infections, HIV related co-morbidities and deaths over the last 5 years with approximately 50% reduction of new infections among adults. Also, the country reduced mother to child transmission of HIV from 14% to 11% among HIV positive pregnant women.
The CEO said the award is a reflection of the collective work and effort of everyone in the Council – those who serve this beautiful country. She quoted from the great world marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge saying “there is a formula; 100% of me is nothing compared to 1% of the whole team. And that’s teamwork…That’s what I value… this statement by our great country man espouses my acknowledgment to you all and honor at being part of and leading the National AIDS Control Council team”.