10 May 2013

Liberia: To Improving Access to HIV&Aids Treatment, Others - UN, Partners Discuss Further Assistance

A number of United Nations Agencies, National AIDS Commission along with partners are expected to converge next week in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County to discuss efforts to improve and access services for the treatment, care and prevention of HIV and AIDS in Liberia.

Thirty-five representatives of UN entities, the National AIDS Commission and partners are to meet at a Retreat in Buchanan City from 13-17 May 2013 to discuss a broad strategy of assistance, under a second phase of the Joint UN Programme of Support to HIV&AIDS (JPS) 2013-2015.

The National AIDS Commission received support for activities implemented under the first phase of the joint partnership. For instance, the formulation of the National AIDS policy, the Mid Term Review, launch of National HIV and Human Rights Platform and National HIV&AIDS Partnership Forum during the first phase of the Joint UN Programme which ended in 2012.

When complete, it is expected that phase two of the Joint Programme, will build on achievements and gaps of the first phase, and also focus on creating an enabling environment and enhancing access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. The Joint Programme will further address stigma and discrimination throughout Liberia. The new phase of the Joint Programme will be implemented from 2013-2015. The Retreat is being organized by the United Nations Joint Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) and the National AIDS Commission.

The UN Resident Coordinator/Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General (Consolidation of Democratic Governance) and Liberia's National AIDS Commission Chairman, Dr. Ivan F. Camanor, will attend the opening sessions of the Retreat.

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