Statements and Webcast
International Federation Of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies
H. E. Mr. Marwan Jilani, Representative
10 June 2011
- Statement: English (Check against delivery)
MARWAN JILANI, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said that since the onset of the HIV pandemic, actions had focused on implementing comprehensive HIV programmes at community and household levels, by empowering people with information on prevention, carrying out home-based care programmes, promoting adherence to antiretroviral therapy and implementing harm-reduction programmes for injecting-drug users, among other initiatives. Despite “remarkable” achievements in improving the quality of life of people living with HIV and AIDS, many millions still awaited antiretroviral therapy and the prevalence of HIV infection was on the rise in some countries. The Federation’s strategy for the next decade focused on “saving lives and changing minds”, and the organization would work closely with Governments and civil society to promote country- and people-owned responses. .