Ouagadougou- (PANA) -- The co-ordinator of the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Burkina Faso, Dr Mamadou Lamine Sakho, has urged the authorities to facilitate access to preventive services, condoms and antiretroviral drugs for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).
"There is need to improve the co-ordination and harmonisation of the national programme as compared to the other programmes of partners," he said, adding that here was also the need to integrate AIDS control programmes into the country's health system for sustainability.
"In five or 10 years, if partners withdraw, there is absolute need to see that HIV control programmes be extended," he said, adding that the country's current challenges were the long-term integration and management of the AIDS epidemic crisis.
Mr Sakho, who commended the personal commitment of President Blaise Compaoré in the fight against AIDS, noted that the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) is chaired by the president himself who devotes a day each year to chair the meetings of the annual review.
Burkina Faso has a prevalence rate of about 1%.