Statements and Webcast
H.E. Ms. Zoya Kolontai, Deputy Permanent Representative
9 June 2011
- Statement: Russian (Check against delivery)
ZOYA KOLONTAI (Belarus) said her country was implementing a national HIV prevention programme and working to achieve universal access to treatment and care. It aimed to stabilize the rate of new infections, increase life expectancy for those living with HIV, and lower AIDS-related deaths through a set of treatment measures, she said, adding that the Government was working with civil society to that end. Belarus had established a national inter-agency council to deal with HIV infection and venereal diseases, which had undertaken programmes with the help of the Global Fund, she said. That had enabled the country to ensure the implementation of national HIV-prevention programmes. Thanks to those efforts, as well as legislation, Belarus had managed to keep the spread of infections under control. Thanks to political support and increased State funding, Belarus had been able to provide access to preventive services and treatment, she said, adding that all those in need of antiretroviral therapy had access to it. Vertical transmissions had fallen by 3 per cent in 2010, thanks to programmes to prevent mother-to-child transmissions.