UN: AIDS Watch Africa experts task govts on ending AIDS epidemic

New York, US (PANA) - The Consultative Experts Meeting of AIDS Watch Africa (AWA) has welcomed the recently adopted UN Political Declaration on Ending AIDS and urged African governments to include the political declaration in their national strategic plans for AIDS response and also toward ending the AIDS epidemic.

The AWA experts comprised of senior officials from Africa's Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and national AIDS control organisations across Africa.

A UN statement obtained by PANA in New York on Monday said the experts made the call at the end of a meeting held in N’Djamena, Chad.

Convened by the African Union Commission, the meeting acknowledged the significant progress made in the AIDS response by many African countries.

While progress has been more modest in western and central Africa, it noted that AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections were increasing in North Africa.

The meeting called for accelerated action to meet the challenges in ending the AIDS epidemic.

Recommendations of the Consultative Experts Meeting will be taken forward to the AWA Heads of State Meeting, which will take place in July during the African Union summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

The recommendations included financing, access to medicines and the AWA strategic plan, as well as a review of progress made in establishing the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as support from Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in monitoring the AIDS epidemic on the African continent.
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04 juillet 2016 17:35:20

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