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BRIEF: HIV prevention pill available at more public health facilities

HIV prevention pill PrEP is now available at at least 36% of public health facilities across the country, Spotlight reported. This many be much less than what the Department of Health promised in February 2020 – which was to make it available at ALL public health facilities by September 2020 – but the rollout has fared well considering the disruption caused by Covid-19. as Spotlight reported: “1 227 public sector healthcare facilities reported that they have started patients on PrEP – which equates to 36% of all facilities. This is a dramatic increase compared to August 2020, when [Department of Health spokesperson, Popo Maja] told Spotlight that just over 160 facilities in the country were offering PrEP.” And as of January 2021, 69% of sub-districts have at least one facility offering PrEP, Maja told Spotlight. PrEP is critical in protecting key populations, like sex workers, men who have sex with men, injecting drug users and young women, Spotlight reported. 

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