Statements and Webcast
Central African Republic
H.E. Mr. Faustin Archange Touadera, Prime Minister
8 June 2011
FAUSTIN ARCHANGE TOUADERA, Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, called for a world alliance to eradicate HIV/AIDS, which would carry out an untiring fight around the world. While past investments had borne fruit, the results were fragile. His country had subscribed to the political declarations on HIV/AIDS in 2001 and 2006, documents that had guided its combat of the disease. The Central African Republic’s vision was also outlined in its Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, which aimed to arrive at zero infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.
But given that 67 per cent of the country’s antiretroviral needs had not been met, there was much to do to scale up the main activities, he said, noting that, despite economic difficulties, his Government had mobilized domestic resources over the last five years to make more of those drugs available to patients . International funding came from the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the World Bank, African Bank, bilateral partners — such as France — and United Nations agencies, like the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He encouraged UNAIDS to ensure that the Central African Republic continued to benefit from such funding, as international solidarity was needed.