The National HIV/ Aids Secretariat in collaboration with their relevant implementing partners across the country yesterday met at the Atlantic Hall to discuss Sierra Leone’s Declaration Commitment towards the Universal Access to HIV/ Aids prevention and treatment.
Chairman of the National Coordinating office at the Ministry of Information and Communication Dominic Lamin stated that the objective of the consultation was to discuss progress and challenges in HIV/ Aids treatment, care and support.
Dominic Lamin also noted that stakeholders have developed an ambitious national target with a commitment towards budgetary allocation. He encouraged stakeholders to map out strategies for the way forward in the fight against the spread of HIV/Aids.
UNAIDS Country Coordinator Mulunesh Tennashaw implored their partners to critically look at the Brazzaville commitment on scaling up towards universal Access to HIV and Aids prevention, treatment, care and support in Africa.
She said in 2006 a special summit was held in Brazzaville-Congo to review the status of the implementation of the declaration frame work for Action.
She added that another Brazzaville summit will soon be held to revisit the country deceleration commitment.
The UNAIDS Country Coordinator called for collective efforts in the fight against HIV in Sierra Leone and wished participants a fruitful deliberation.
The Director of the National HIV/ Aids Secretariat spoke about the current status of HIV and Aids prevention and treatment across the country which started in 2002 and a national strategic plan was also formulated in 2006.
He called for a multi sectoral approach in the prevention care and support through the distribution of condoms and availability of ARV drugs for patients.
He expressed thanks and appreciation to their funding agencies and implementing partners for their support and appealed to stakeholders to contribute meaningfully towards the fight against HIV/Aids meaningful contributions were made by the Deputy Director A R Sesay.