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Zero HIV / AIDS infection rate in Africa is possible – UNFPA Country Director

Source: By Frank Owusu-Ofori

The Country Manager for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr. BabatundeAhonsi, says Africa can achieve zero HIV / AIDS infection.

(Form Left) Luc Armand Bodea Director of ICASA, Dr Babatunde Ahonsi, Mrs. Pavelyn Tendai Musaka and Mr. Karikoga Kaseke

(Form Left) Luc Armand Bodea Director of ICASA, Dr Babatunde Ahonsi, Mrs. Pavelyn Tendai Musaka and Mr. Karikoga Kaseke

Speaking at the press briefing of the 2015 International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa (ICASA) which would be held in Harare, Zimbabwe, from the 29th November to 4th December 2015, Dr. Ahonsi said Africa can only achieve through a strong leadership which is linked with science and human rights.

He therefore commended the organisers of the conference, the Society for Aids in Africa (SAA), for coming up with the theme which he described as “very timely”

The 2015 conference theme “AIDS in Post 2015: Linking Leadership, Science & Human Rights,” engages the whole continent and all stakeholders in the post MDG framework, where sustainability of the response in reaching 90, 90, 90 of UNAIDS will not be possible if Human rights are not key priority for a new vision of leadership in the context of strengthening the application of science based evidence

Speaking in an interview with The General Telegraph newspaper, the Coordinator of SAA, Mr. Luc Armand Bodea called on government to ensure that funds are readily made available to end HIV / AIDS in Africa.

He said Africa is very rich as a continent so it is only when our leaders start taking HIV / AIDS issues seriously that it be a thing of the past.

“Leadership must think about their people and address their issues. One of their issues now is to end HIV / AIDS now so we do not know why they can not allocate resources so we end it because Africa is not poor”

“The only problem is that our leadership must be more proactive and think about sustainability and stop waiting for help from above,” he added.

For her part, the Ambassador of Zimbabwe, Mrs. Pavelyn Tendai Musaka, said Zimbabwe is the best country to host the ICASA 2015 and outlined some reasons for that.

“Giving the efforts that we have made to manage HIV / AIDS infection, we feel we are the correct venue to host such a conference. We are looking at zero infection rate by 2020 so it is an opportunity for us for all the member countries of Africa and the whole world to come and agree on how we are going to improve on the treatment of HIV / AIDS,” she indicated

She said the ICASA 2015 Conference would also showcase and market Zimbabwe to the world.

“A lot has been said about Zimbabwe and it is high time the media and the private citizens of the world come and see what Zimbabwe is all about,” she concluded.

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