Mauritius: UNAIDS Executive Director arrives in Mauritius

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - UNAIDS Executive Director and Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Michel Sidibé, arrived in Mauritius late Thursday for a five-day official visit, PANA reported from Port-Louis.

He is accompanied by a delegation comprising Dr, Pierre Somse, Deputy Director and Regional Support team, East and Southern Africa; Mrs. Barbara Barbier, Assistant to the Executive Director, and Dr. Claire Mulanga, Country Director for Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles.

On Friday afternoon, Dr. Sidibé met with the Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam in Port Louis.

In a statement to the media following this meeting, Dr. Sidibé said he was confident Mauritius will be among the first countries to reach zero new case of transmission, zero discrimination and zero death linked with HIV/AIDS.

“The zero transmission from infected mothers to new born clearly shows that Mauritius is on the right track," he added.
Dr. Sidibé said that his discussion with Prime Minister Ramgoolam was very positive.

“We talked about various issues which are directly linked with people living with HIV/AIDS such as the restriction of movement of infected people, particularly those who want to travel abroad; access to proper care for infected drug users and for infected prisoners”, he emphasized.  

PANA reports that this visit lies within the context of supporting increased efforts towards ending AIDS epidemic and repositioning it within the broader post-2015 development framework.

It also aims at engaging the country in the implementation of the high-level meeting targets on AIDS, advocating for the repositioning of AIDS within the broader health and development framework for the Post 2015.
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18 avril 2014 15:31:24

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