Statements and Webcast
H.E. Mr. Housseynou Hamady, Minister of Health
9 June 2011
- Statement: French (Check against delivery)
HOUSSEYNOU HAMADY BA, Minister for Health of Mauritania, said his country had had its first known case of AIDS in 1987 and currently had a prevalence rate of 0.7 per cent, which had increased from 0.2 per cent in 1990. The country focused on prevention, treatment, the development of programmes and good governance. As a Muslim country, Mauritania had been able to implement legal texts and laws that focused on the rights of the ill, he said, adding that its prevention policies included the opinions of imams and other religious leaders.
Efforts by Member States to combat HIV and AIDS would only be possible with the continued support of the international community, he said, emphasizing the need for financial resources to carry out research and development. Mauritania had high hopes for the results of the High-Level Meeting, and wished to express its support for the Global Fund and UNAIDS, which had done “remarkable” work. The Government invited the international community to provide them with more resources in support of their efforts. Mauritania also called on all non-governmental organizations, civil society and bilateral partners to fight HIV and AIDS.