Statements and Webcast
H. E. Mr. Tawfeeq Ahmed Almansoor, Permanent Representative
10 June 2011
TAWFEEQ AHMED ALMANSOOR( Bahrain) said HIV was one of the most significant challenges of our time. The virus had hit different parts of the world in varying ways. Bahrain was less affected than other countries, perhaps because of a social system that was based on religious concerns and the family. Nonetheless, his Government shared the international community’s concerns regarding HIV and AIDS. Financial resources represented a constraint for developing countries, as did barriers posed by trade agreements and intellectual property rights. In Bahrain, the worst-affected people were drug users, particularly those who injected drugs and shared needles, he said, adding that sex was the second main avenue of transmission.
He stressed that Bahrain was working towards primary, secondary and third-level prevention to meet the “three zeros” goal of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. Towards that end, his Government had set up a national prevention committee under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, and a multisectoral action plan had been drafted. Involved in that effort were people living with HIV and AIDS, as well as representatives of civil society and the private sector. He went on to say that prevention and treatment medication were provided for free to people living with HIV. At the same time, awareness campaigns sought to educate the public on how the disease was spread.