Mauritania: Nouakchott to host regional meeting on AIDS

Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania will host a regional meeting of the Advisory Committee of Experts on the AIDS observatory in Africa (Awa), PANA learnt Monday from official sources.

This meeting, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, is jointly organized by the African Union (AU), in collaboration with UNAIDS, the Global Fund, the Mauritanian government and the National Committee for the Fight against HIV/AIDS (CNLS).

The event aims to showcase "the major events of the AU policy frameworks to define and provide future guidance in health in the post-2015 context in order to achieve the 2030 goals”.

The Nouakchott meeting also plans to "conduct advocacy to ensure accountability, resource optimization and approve recommendations on how to access Anti Retroviral (ARV) treatment as a tool for eradicating AIDS".

In Nouakchott, the experts will also review for approval the Malaria Elimination Programme in Africa (Pepa ), as achieved by eight countries in Southern Africa.

Moreover, the meeting will also develop an agenda for the 23rd Conference of Heads of State and Government, scheduled for June 26 in Malabo.

Despite significant progress in recent years, Africa remains the continent most exposed to HIV/AIDS and pays a heavy price for the disease, which is on the rise in the Arab countries, according to official figures.
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26 mai 2014 18:14:39

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