UNAIDS Urges Support To HIV/AIDS Program In Liberia

UNAIDS Country Director, Dr. Betru Woldesemayat, has called on participants at the just-ended Joint UNAIDS and partners retreat, to make significant contributions to develop the new UN Joint Program of Support to HIV/AIDS in Liberia.
At the three-day retreat held in Ganta, Nimba County, Dr. Woldesemayat disclosed that UNAIDS together with its partners recently launched “an ambitious treatment target – 90-90-90 initiative,” according to a UNAIDS release.
“The initiative will ensure that by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status. By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy. By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression,” he noted.
This and other initiatives, including “Protect the Goal”; “Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission”; “Leaving No One Behind”; “ Shine A Light” and the new UNAIDS Strategic goal to end AIDS by 2030, among other initiatives, needs to be operationalized in Liberia through the implementation of the  UNJPS,” Dr. Woldesemayat maintained.
Giving an overview of the workshop, Mr. Isaac Ahemesah, UNAIDS Rights, Gender, and Community Mobilization Adviser, said the retreat was planned to review the United Nations Joint Program of Support (UNJPS) of 2011-2014.
He said it also touches on UNJPS for the development of a new UNJPS 2015-2018 consistent with the U. N. Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the UN One Program and aligned to the Government of Liberia’s National HIV Strategic Plan (NSP) 2015-2020.
Chairman of Liberia’s National AIDS Commission, Dr. Ivan F. Camanor, during the retreat, recognize the UN and partners for their efforts and assistance towards the country’s National AIDS response.
Authorities of Nimba County, including Superintendent Fong G. Zuagele, Development Superintendent Don Cooper and Ganta City Mayor Ben S. Dokpa paid a courtesy visit at the end of the three-day retreat held in the county.

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