By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The United Nations and the Government of Guyana today launched its Joint Programme of support on AIDS 2013-2016.
This programme is the UN’s guide of support to the National HIV response and provides an opportunity for UN agencies in Guyana to deliver as one in the field of HIV.
It also contributes to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, according to UNAIDS Country Director, Dr. Roberto Campos.
He said the programme will contribute to the achievement of five of the eight targets set at the 2011 UN high level meeting on HIV/AIDs which includes, reducing HIV sexual transmission, eliminating HIV new infection among children, and stigma and discrimination, avoiding TB deaths and accessing treatment.
According to Dr Campos, in order to achieve these targets, all UN agencies in Guyana, in addition to providing technical assistance to the National HIV response, will mobilize US $306,400 through the programme.
Fifty one percent of this amount will be devoted to the reduction of new HIV infections among children, 20 percent toward reduction of HIV sexual transmission, 15 percent towards the reduction of TB deaths and the remainder will be allocated for treatment, stigma and discrimination.
He also explained that the programme was tailored to fit the needs and priorities set by stakeholders in the fight against the disease, noting that the collaboration between stakeholders will strengthen the fight.
Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Leslie Cadagon reiterated the Ministry’s gratitude for the partnership.
He also highlighted the need for more agencies to collaborate in this regard.