Statements and Webcast
H.E. Ms. Dédé Ahoefa Ekoué, Minister in charge of Planning, Development and Management of the Territory
9 June 2011
- Statement: French (Check against delivery)
DÉDÉ AHOEFA EKOUÉ, Minister for Planning, Development and Territorial Administration of Togo, said her county’s Government had recently evaluated its national efforts to tackle HIV and AIDS, and the infection rate today was half what it had been in 2001. The number of new infections among children and youth had also been reduced, she said, stressing that Togo was nevertheless moving to extend coverage to prevent mother-to-child transmission, with the goal of reducing that rate from 10 per cent in 2010 to 2 per cent by 2015. She went on to note the recent passage of a law to protect those living with HIV from discrimination and stigma.
While expressing satisfaction with the support provided to her country as well as to regional and subregional organizations in Africa by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, she stressed the need for more both financial and human resources. For its part, Togo had moved ahead to allocate long-term budget support for HIV and AIDS, but continued to need external support. Highlighting the efforts of UNAIDS, she stressed that enhancing and consolidating previous results would require mobilizing further financing. “Together, we can go further still; we can go faster towards a world with zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero deaths tied to AIDS,” she said.