Matsuura sues for medicare alongside AIDS prevention

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- At the 4th international congress on medical progress and quality of life in the 21st Century, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura last Monday decried unequal access to medical care, and stressed his organisation's role in education on AIDS prevention.
A UNESCO release quoted Matsuura as asserting that "we cannot remain silent in face of huge disparities in access to medical advances still unavailable to the majority.
" While acknowledging that AIDS had in the last two decades evolved into an international emergency, Matsuura said it was, however, not a fatality.
"Its treatment may be complex and costly, but its modes of transmission are known, hence easy to avoid," he argued.
Matsuura noted that within the UN system UNESCO has been given global oversight of education on HIV/AIDS prevention.
The agency's approach includes advocacy at all levels, adaptation of messages to the context of targeted people, reduction of risk attitudes and vulnerability, and care for the sick.

26 june 2001 20:48:00

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