TRINIDAD Y TOBAGO: Deyalsingh addresses UN AIDS conference - EntornoInteligente / News day / The minister indicated that the National HIV/Aids Strategy prioritised five critical areas: prevention; treatment; care and support; advocacy and human rights.

The Minister also informed the General Assembly that TT’s Government provided for universal access to health care, within which health facilities provided free treatment, along with care and support to all persons living with HIV/Aids.

This included antiretroviral (ARV) treatment for high-risk encounters such as post exposure scenarios as a result of gender- based or sexual violence.

Deyalsingh said despite the successes over the years which resulted in an 80 per cent decline in HIV/Aids and about 70 per cent decline in AIDS-related deaths, there must be greater assistance from among international partners to assist TT in tackling this public health problem in the light of this country’s economic challenges.

The meeting, which ended yesterday (Friday), brought together Heads of State and Governments, Ministers of Health and other officials over a three-day period to formulate measures geared towards addressing the more than three decades old HIV/ AIDS pandemic, in keeping with the goal to eliminate this global public health epidemic.

This was consistent with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which was adopted by the UN in September 2015. An important legacy development of the high level meeting was the adoption of a Political Declaration on HIV/Aids, “On the Fast Track to Accelerate the Fight against HIV” and “To End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030.” The declaration recognised that HIV/Aids continued to constitute a global emergency and posed one of the most formidable challenges to the development, progress and stability of societies and the world at large.

The fight against HIV/Aids required an exceptional and comprehensive global response, and also called for urgent action over the next five years to ensure that no one was left behind in the HIV/Aids response, and for an intensification of efforts through global solidarity, shared responsibility and political leadership.

Deyalsingh also addressed a meeting of Pan Caribbean Partnership (PANCAP) which brought together Ministers of Health, diplomats, other senior government officials, the Caricom Secretariat, and representatives of civil society aimed at the full implementation of the PANCAP Declaration entitled “Getting to Zero Discrimination through Justice for All.”

TRINIDAD Y TOBAGO: Deyalsingh addresses UN AIDS conference

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