Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

29 June 2013

Malawi: Unaids Commissioners Impress Malawi President Banda

Lilongwe — President Dr. Joyce Banda has said she is satisfied with the level of engagement attached by the UNAIDS Lancet Commissioners during the first ever Summit.

The commission aims at closely examining the new tenets for better global health results which include issues such as social equality for marginalized populations, empowering communities to demand better health services and accelerating access to affordable, quality medicines.

Banda said this Saturday when she officially closed the two day summit in Lilongwe that drew a number of notable figures around the world.

She described the conference as an eye opener in as far as HIV and AIDS pandemic is concerned and urged participants to utilize the skills they gained for the betterment of their countries.

"This summit has been an eye opener to me. From the past day, I have become older and wiser. Am pleased with what we have achieved during this summit. Let me also tell you that am pleased with the way the Commissioners have performed."The Malawi Leader said.

She then advised the participants to strengthen their communities in AIDS fight so that the pandemic can be totally defeated even without adequate resources. She said Chiefs should also be on the front line in the fights against HIV and AIDS.

She also called on development partners to continue investing in the health sector as per target of US$15 billion so that there are reduced infections among others.

The President also said there is need to address health issues alongside poverty as they go together in any development of any country.

Jeanette Kagmae, First Lady of Rwanda and Sylivia Bongo Ondimba , First lady of Gabon were among other dignitaries attending the summit which was held under the theme 'From AIDS to Sustainable Health'.

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