Statements and Webcast
H. E. Ms. Byrganym Aitimova, Permanent Representative
10 June 2011
- Statement: English (Check against delivery)
BYRGANYM AITIMOVA ( Kazakhstan) said the AIDS epidemic continued to outpace the response, despite enormous financial investments and intellectual efforts, which were offset by the 2008 financial downturn, donor fatigue, and diminished financial inflows. However, those impediments came at a time when programmes and services were most needed. Since 2001, Kazakhstan had made significant progress in addressing the problem nationally through a number of measures. A national monitoring and evaluation system to address HIV/AIDS had been operational since 2005, and in 2008, a substitution therapy initiative for injecting-drug users was launched.
She said that the complexity and scope of the problem required the concerted efforts of all stakeholders. There were 97 State-funded non-governmental organizations responding to HIV/AIDS in Kazakhstan, and civil society representatives actively participated in the development, implementation, and evaluation of prevention, care and support measures for people living with the disease. Yet despite the efforts of many, the epidemic remained “out of bounds”. In that regard, Kazakhstan supported an ambitious time-bound framework, and the vitally important aspects of the “three zeros” campaign.