Mali to intensify prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission

Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Supreme National Aids Control Council (HCNLS) in Mali, which met in ordinary session Thursday under the chairmanship of President Amad o u Toumani Touré, has recommended the intensification of prevention of mother-to- c hild HIV transmission (PMTCT) across the country.
It also recommended the intensification of voluntary screening in conformity wit h the slogan of the last World Aids Control day, celebrated 1 December, under th e theme: "Voluntary screening of HIV/AIDS for all, now and everywhere in Mali".
The Council also advocated the acceleration of the decentralisation of the fight against HIV and AIDS in terms of organisation of communities, the further invol v ement of the Alliance of religions against HIV and AIDS, trade union organisatio n s and associations, and human rights NGOs in the fight against stigma and discri m ination.
The Council has also asked for the allocation of financial resources to associat ions of people living with HIV, the strengthening of the private sector's partic i pation through massive membership of company managers in the fight against HIV/A I DS and the start of a reflection on the modalities for the funding of joint plan s of action in relation to the health sectoral policy.
Established in March 2004, the Supreme National Aids Control Council in Mali whi ch is attached to the office of the president, meets once every year in an ordin a ry session under the chairmanship of the president.
HCNLS has an Executive Secretariat, headed by Malick Sène.

12 december 2008 08:11:00

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