Statements and Webcast
H. E. Mr. George Talbot, Permanent Representative
10 June 2011
GEORGE TALBOT (Guyana), noting that the 2001 and 2006 outcomes had guided global efforts in the fight against AIDS, said that, with today’s expected adoption of a new declaration, the international community would seek to intensify its efforts. For its part, Guyana had seen significant progress in combating AIDS, which was first diagnosed in the country in 1987. Resource allocation to the health sector, especially for HIV and AIDS, had been scaled up. As a result, infection rates and deaths continued to drop, while access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support had increased. In addition, Guyana had seen substantial decreases in mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Moreover, female sex workers and men having sex with men, among the most vulnerable groups, had seen decreases in prevalence, he said, noting that the Government was committed to enhancing programmes for access to prevention, treatment, care and support. Overall, Guyana’s advances could be attributed to political commitment at the highest level, as seen in its Presidential Commission, as well as dedication to a multisectoral approach and the forging of partnerships, including at the regional and international levels.