UN welcomes Liberian efforts to contain HIV/AIDS

New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has welcomed the launch of a new national strategy to combat HIV/AIDS, stressing the importance of tackling the disease before infection rates become high in the West African country.
The Pan African News Agency (PANA) learnt that Liberia's National AIDS Commission on Thursday launched a strategic framework for 2010 to 2014 in the capital, Monrovia, with the target of containing the spread of HIV at its current rate of 1.
5 per cent among the general population.
A statement on Friday by UNMIL stated that, "the strategy also aims to mitigate the disease's impact on the health and well-being of people infected with HIV.
" It said: "While Liberia currently has low HIV infection rates, experts warn that the country's authorities need to increase the intensity of their prevention and care efforts to avert an epidemic of the scale experienced by many countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.
" "HIV steadily marches on, and now, rather than later, is the best time for us to rally behind Liberia in preventing the HIV from spreading," Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, the UN Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative (Rule of Law) for Liberia, said.
"We cannot allow Liberia to suffer such a fate, in addition to the challenges of extreme levels of poverty and unacceptably high levels of sexual and gender-based violence,'" she added.

06 august 2010 18:47:00

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