Mauritian Vice President Says "No Time for Complacency" on Fighting HIV/AIDS
June 9, 2011
Strong international commitments are needed now to fight HIV/AIDS, the vice president of Mauritius said Wednesday at the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AIDS. "The adverse impact of the AIDS epidemic on socioeconomic progress, particularly in the developing countries, dictates that there is no time for complacency," said Monique Agnes Ohsan Bellepeau. "After wrestling with AIDS for the past three decades, we are today equipped with a vast body of knowledge and various new tools to urgently complete the task. No less than strict prevention efforts and universal access to treatment, care and support are required." Noting that "poverty and gender are intertwined," making poor women the most vulnerable to HIV infection, Bellepeau called for the social integration and empowerment of women "by providing women equal access and opportunities to contribute and benefit from the formal and informal sectors." "I pray that out of the deliberations of this assembly, in unity and serenity, comes the necessary enlightenment to face the AIDS calamity," Bellepeau said.
Xinhua News Agency
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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