Statements and Webcast
H.E. Mr. Adama Traore, Minister of Health
9 June 2011
- Statement: French (Check against delivery)
ADAMA TRAORE, Minister for Health of Burkina Faso, said his country had a national council to fight HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, and was sharing its experiences with other countries in the region. The Government had a new strategic framework and was focused on efforts to promote a national response to the problem of HIV/AIDS. In the area of governance, Burkina Faso had a law concerning the fight against HIV/AIDS that was disseminated at all levels. On the operational level, there was an increase in the amount of locations where people could receive care. Antiretroviral treatment to individuals had increased from 26,000 people in 2009 to 31,000 in 2010. There was progress in the area of preventing mother-to-child transmission; since the end of 2010, 1,492 individuals had been trained and 92 per cent of the country’s territory covered.
Despite progress, there were significant challenges, he said. His country needed to maintain prevention programmes, eliminate mother-to-child transmission, address stigma and discrimination, create programmes targeting people aged 15 to 25, reduce the vulnerability of girls, fight against tuberculosis — since it was the main cause of death of those with HIV/AIDS in Africa — mobilize financing and address the absence of regional and subregional programmes. In conclusion, he paid homage to those living with HIV and reiterated that the Government was willing to work with all parties to find solutions.