Namibia forced to roll back free condom programme

July 31, 2013

Reduced donor funding has forced the Namibian government to shrink the supply of free condoms, a government report said Tuesday, threatening the country's fight against sexually transmitted diseases.

A ministry of health and social services study seen by AFP shows free condom distribution has fallen from 25 million condoms five years ago to 15 million in 2011-2012.

The supply of female condoms over the same period dropped from 499,000 to 281,000.

One of the key donors, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has in the past years scaled back funding.

According to the ministry, although funding by Global Fund accounts for a substantial decline in the last two years, "free issue condom distribution was on a downward spiral before the withdrawal."

About 70 percent of the free issue condoms are procured by the state, in this sparsely populated country of 2.1 million.

Namibia has been lauded by international organisations for its fight against TB and AIDS, but the country is battling an increasing rate of teenage pregnancies.

Explore further: Rio giving out 3 million free condoms during Carnival

Related Stories

Argentina to hand out 82 mln free condoms

January 4, 2013

Argentina plans to give out 82 million condoms nationwide in 2013 in a campaign against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, the health ministry said Friday.

$87 bn needed to fight AIDS, TB, malaria: report

April 8, 2013

The fight against HIV AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria will cost some $87 billion (67 billion euros) between 2014-16 if the three scourges are to be kept in check, a report showed Monday.

Ghana recalls 120 million faulty Chinese condoms

April 23, 2013

Ghana is recalling a shipment of 120 million Chinese-made condoms distributed to charities in the country after testing showed that they were riddled with holes and prone to breaking, an official said Tuesday.

Recommended for you

Videos reveal how HIV spreads in real time

October 2, 2015

How retroviruses like HIV spread in their hosts had been unknown—until a Yale team devised a way to watch it actually happen in a living organism. The elaborate and sometimes surprising steps the virus takes to reach and ...

Researchers find proteins that shut down HIV-1

September 30, 2015

A pair of studies by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the University of Trento in Italy, and the University of Geneva in Switzerland, point to a promising new anti-retroviral strategy for combating ...

An antibody that can attack HIV in new ways

September 11, 2015

Proteins called broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) are a promising key to the prevention of infection by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. bNAbs have been found in blood samples from some HIV patients whose immune systems ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

1 / 5 (1) Aug 01, 2013
Love the tag line!

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.