Kenya's Moi off to US for AIDS forum

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi last evening left for New York, to attend the 26 session of the UN General Assembly on HIV/AIDS, slated for 25-27 June.
Moi will join other world leaders on a campaign aimed at spurring large-scale political commitment and funding for the battle against AIDS.
At the Assembly UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is scheduled to unveil a grand plan aimed at controlling infection among children by the year 2003.
Annan has also set targets for developing and implementing national strategies towards a supportive environment for AIDS orphans.
"The special session aims to galvanise political commitment and leadership to tackle what nations have agreed constitute a global emergency," the UN office in Nairobi (UNON) said Thursday in a bulletin.
The New York meeting, according to the UNON, will also discuss Annan's demand that large-scale awareness campaigns be targeted at young people.
Available statistics indicate that over 36 million people world-wide are infected with the HIV, and 22 million have died of the scourge.
The statistics further reveal that of the 36 million people infected, one third of them are aged between 15 and 24 years.
Meanwhile in its relentless fight against the AIDS scourge, Kenya has formed an 11-member task force to look into new legislation at containing deliberate transmission of the HIV/AIDS.
The envisaged legislation, according to Attorney General Amos Wako, may see people who deliberately infect others facing stiff jail sentences.

22 june 2001 08:28:00

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