UNAIDS official calls for enhanced health system

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Director of the support team to UNAIDS regions for A frica, Békélé Grunitzky, said on Thursday in Dakar that there cannot be a respon s e to AIDS without an enhanced health system.
"Considerable progress has been made in the fight against the epidemic, but its eradication is not forthcoming.
Efforts should be redoubled if we are to cope wi t h the situation," she said.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of a workshop for the popularization and re plication of the best practices on AIDS in West Africa, Mrs Grunitzky stressed t h e role of leaders in the fight against AIDS, adding that they could change the t u rn of events in the countries.
"It is time African leaders come along with partners to fight the AIDS epidemic, " she said.
"Without partnership, we cannot succeed in fighting the epidemic.
There must be an exemplary partnership to mobilise civil society and help peoples living with H IV/AIDS to accept their condition," Mrs Békélé said.
The Executive Assistant to the Senegal health and medical prevention minister, C heikh Issa Sall, declared that "Senegal has understood that the identification a n d replication of best practices would be an ideal path for collaboration and mut u al assistance between the countries".
"Thanks to the replication of best practices, several thousand people were saved from contamination by HIV/AIDS".
Mr Sall said the workshop would help review the situation of achievements follow ing the replications of the best practices in different countries and on the cha l lenges to be surmounted to further strengthen the local and sub-regional respons e to AIDS.
The "best practices" were defined in March 2004 as being an experience, initiati ve or programme that proves efficient in HIV/AIDS control and which can serve as an example of service provision.

22 may 2008 23:06:00

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