14 January 2016

Algeria: Aids - Algiers Declaration, an Additional Tool for Eradication of Disease

Algiers — The recommendations adopted by the regional meeting on the acceleration of HIV screening in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, held in Algiers in December 2015, constitute one of the tools for the eradication of the disease, said Wednesday in Algiers the Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé.

In his address at a meeting on the presentation of "Algiers Declaration," list of recommendations, at the Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations (IDRI), the UN official said that the document "is one of the tools that would allow ending Aids epidemic around the world."

"Algiers Declaration," adopted on 22 December 2015, at the end of the regional meeting, which was attended by representatives of about twelve MENA countries, 11 UN agencies and three regional organizations.

Underlining the "significant drop" of Aids cases in Algeria over the past years, Sidibé added that Algeria has strongly supported the UN agency at the UN General Assembly in order to make of the pandemic a "priority" beyond 2015.

While presenting the main lines of Algiers Declaration, the Director of Prevention at the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, Ismail Mesbah underlined the sound partnership between Algeria and UNAIDS and recalled the different actions undertaken to reduce the spread of the epidemic.

Algiers Declaration recommends strengthening partnership between governments, civil society, and public and private sectors, increasing financial resources for testing in national strategies, mobilizing technical support of partners for development and the implementation of innovative approaches for testing and encouraging exchanges between States.

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