Statements and Webcast
H. E. Mr. Georges Moyen, Minister for Health and Population
8 June 2011
GEORGE MOYEN, Minister for Health and Population of Congo, said his country had set up an institutional framework as a guiding tool for coordination with regard to battling HIV/AIDS. That enabled the country to structure its national response and take into consideration national and international concerns. To achieve universal access and prevention, and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, Congo provided free HIV screening, free biological tests, free antiretroviral drugs, and increased funding for other activities. The number of patients under antiretroviral treatments had increased fourfold in five years.
He said the international community must welcome all international initiatives adopted for Africa in general, and the Congo in particular. He expressed gratitude to those organizations helping those living with HIV, as their commitment needed as much encouragement as possible. Still, Congo was nonetheless still concerned by the feminization of the illness, as well as the particular vulnerability of indigenous peoples to HIV.