By Dorica Mtenje

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi has registered a decline in HIV and AIDS related deaths from 32,000 in 2010 to 11,500 this year despite the sharp rise in new infections in sub population areas.

The secretary for Ministry Heath, Charles Mwasambo, disclosed on Thursday during a media briefing in preparations for the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (IACM) held annually on 19 May.

HIV & AIDS deaths down

Mwansambo said the annual global commemoration is held every third Sunday of May in remembrance of people who died from AIDS.

He added that the day is also held to renew the commitment to fight against the pandemic, stigma and discrimination among those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.

Mwasambo said this year’s commemoration will be held at M’manga primary school ground in Balaka on the third Sunday of June under a theme of “We remember, We take action, We live beyond HIV”.

He also disclosed that the commemoration will serve as the national launch which will be followed by the districts commemorations.

Mwasambo said the country has managed to attain the 88:98:97 against the target of 95:95:95 in the fight against the pandemic.

He has therefore called upon the media fraternity to help the ministry in dissemination of information about the pandemic.

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