Seated on the right, this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer, Ishani Pathmanathan, M.D., was photographed here, as she was in the process of conducting an interview with the nurse in charge at Karibib Health Center on the TB/HIV program. The city of Karibib is located in the Erongo Region of western Namibia.
”Namibia has one of the world’s highest HIV prevalence rates .The 2013 Demographics and Health Survey reported a national population prevalence of 14%. Zambezi Region has the highest overall prevalence in the country at 23.7% and a disproportionate distribution of prevalence between women (30.9%) and men (15.9%) aged 15-49. There are an estimated 215,000 people living with HIV in Namibia, and 131,103 of those individuals are receiving antiretroviral therapy. Programs are guided by a five-year National Strategic Framework for HIV/AIDS. In line with this framework, CDC-Namibia supports a comprehensive portfolio of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment, strategic information, and systems strengthening programs to the national public health sector.”
For more on CDC’s role in Namibia, see the link below.