Geneva - Morocco has become today a model to follow in the fight against HIV/AIDS and a big pharmacy for all Africa, said Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé.
Geneva – Morocco has become today a model to follow in the fight against HIV/AIDS and a big pharmacy for all Africa, said Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé.
Moroccans have shown that they are capable of mobilizing domestic resources and setting up efficient mechanisms to reach poor populations, he told MAP after a meeting with health minister Houssaine El Ouardi.
The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 67th World Health Assembly (May 19-24) in Geneva.
Sidibé said he was very impressed to see that Morocco succeeded, over a short period of time, to bring the number of the beneficiaries of yearly HIV screening from 60,000 to 600,000.
“We are witnessing a rapid transition in Morocco towards the eradication of mother-child transmission,” said the Executive Director of UNAIDS, whose mission is to lead, strengthen and support an expanded response to HIV/AIDS that includes preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support to those already living with the virus, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV and alleviating the impact of the epidemic.