Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Secretary-General of La Francophonie Abdou Diouf has called on African member states of the organisation to strengthen their control and prevention against HIV/AIDS.
"I know our states, especially south of the Sahara, are facing many other priorities, but we must not forget the impact of this pandemic on the economic and social development of these countries," the former Senegalese President said in a statement obtained by PANA here.
He recalled that La Francophonie supported the efforts of the international community in the fight against AIDS, particularly through the framework agreement signed in December 2009 by UNAIDS and the organisation.
The agreement endorsed the plea for refinancing the Global Fund to fight against tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS undertaken by the Heads of State and Government of La Francophonie in 2010.
"The OIF is strongly committed to promoting international Francophone expertise involved in the fight against AIDS, French language in international forums that address the disease, as well as deployment of a socio-cultural policy aimed at preventing the disease," Diouf said.
He recalls that in this regard, the actions of La Francophonie in AIDS prevention include training and awareness-raising activities, preventing mother-to-child transmission and eschewing discriminatory practices.
Diouf's appeal coincides with the ongoing UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS in New York.
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