Mauritania: UNAIDS to fight alarming spread of HIV/AIDS in Arab world

Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – UNAIDS is working to help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Arab world following "records of alarming" spread of the pandemic in those countries, sources told PANA on Wednesday ahead of the visit of the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé.

Despite the weak prevalence of the pandemic in the Arab world, statistics indicate that the number of people living with HIV/AIDS went up by 47% between 2001 and 2011.

It jumped up from 170,000 in 2001 to 230,000 in 2011 with new infections going up from 19,000 to 28,000 during the same period.

The sources said the situation forced UNAIDS to sound the emergency bell and urge the Arab authorities to "intensify efforts to fight for a drop in the prevalence rate".

They stressed that the weak prevalence rate must not lull them into inaction in the area where changes in tendencies were very often unexpected.

During Mr Sidibé's visit to the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, he will call for a strict vigilance from Arab countries against the fast spread of HIV/AIDS infections.

He will hold talks with Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who is also current chairman of the African Union, president of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), as well as the Group of Sahel countries (G5).
-0- PANA SAS/SSB/MSA/MA 19March2014

19 مارس 2014 21:03:26

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