Mauritius: UNAIDS director Sidibe expected in Mauritius next week

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – UNAIDS director Michel Sidibé will visit Mauritius from 17-21 April, official sources said on Saturday.

He will be accompanied by Dr Pierre Somse, Deputy-Director at UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa, Barbara Barnier, assistant to the Executive Director and Dr Claire Mulunga, UNAIDS Country Director for Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros and Seychelles.

The sources said in Port-Louis that the visit was to evaluate the work done by Mauritius in the struggle against HIV.

Several questions are on the agenda to be discussed with the local authorities as well as representatives of NGOs and civil society.

They include services offered to people living with HIV, the policy of UNAIDS regarding access to treatment, the national response to the virus, measures regarding risks reduction as promoted by the UN agency and practices encouraged to combat discrimination and stigmatization towards HIV patients.

Official statistics indicate that some 6,000 Mauritians – 4,700 men and 1,300 women – are presently living with the virus in the island-nation. Till date, 533 patients have died from the virus, which was first recorded in Mauritius in 1987.
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12 Abril 2014 13:33:46

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