Africa to commit to zero AIDS death in post-MDG era

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibe has assured that Africa, which has the largest number of people living with AIDS, will, in the post-MDG era, commit to achieving zero deaths related to HIV/AIDS by ensuring better treatment and prevention.

Mr. Sidibe made the statement on Thursday in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on the sidelines of a UNAIDS forum on "Media and HIV/AIDS", organized by the UNAIDS Regional Office for West and Central Africa.

The UNAIDS boss highlighted the progress made in recent years through better treatment for people living with the virus, who now take one anti-retroviral tablet per day, down from 18.

He said there are efforts to reduce the treatment to just 1 tablet every 4 months, but with a greater efficiency.

"Achieving the 2015 target is a tough course," said Sidibe, referring to the MDG goal of ensuring that 15 million people have access to treatment by that year.

He however reminded states and partners of the "urgent need of strategic efforts and investment of resources to ensure that everyone has access to prevention and treatment".

Mr. Sidibe said the new direction, contained in a new report entitled "Treatment 2015", would be  launched on Saturday in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, in the framework of the meeting of Heads of State and Governments of Africa, to be held 12-16 July 2013 'to assess progress in the fight against the AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria'.

Called "Abuja +12", this summit provides an opportunity to remind African leaders of their promise 12 years ago to intensify the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by earmarking 15% of their national budgets for health.
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12 july 2013 13:22:28




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