Statements and Webcast
H. E. Ms. Rukiya Kurbonova, Deputy Prime Minister
8 June 2011
- Statement: Russian (Check against delivery)
RUKIYA KURBONOVA, Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan, said that in 2006, her Government launched strategies to achieve universal access to treatment by 2010 and conduct a midterm review of the Millennium Development Goals as part of its national programme to counter HIV/AIDS. Such efforts were in line with Tajikistan’s 2010-2012 poverty-reduction strategies and its 2010-2020 health-care sector strategy, which focused on gender equality, human rights and universal access to treatment. The Government had scrutinized national laws to address HIV/AIDS to ensure they complied with international standards. Taking into account epidemiological data, the Government had analyzed the need for medicine and other resources to combat sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis, as well as the need for improved neonatal clinics.
A Government order in 2011 mandated monthly State benefits to young people under the age 16 that were living with HIV, she said. The Prime Minister was coordinating sectoral responses to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The role of civil society in advocating AIDS-related issues had increased. To increase access to services, the Government had started a replacement therapy programme for intravenous drug users and a clean needle programme for prison inmates. Voluntary HIV testing had been scaled up. HIV-positive pregnant women were getting antiretroviral therapy. Such therapy had increased two-fold to prevent mother-to-child transmission. Still, there was a significant lack of budget resources to treat the disease. No country could tackle it alone. The United Nations must bring countries together to tackle the disease.