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Govt launches 5-year Plan to fight HIV/AIDS

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 Gender Minister, Julia Duncan- Cassell
Gender Minister, Julia Duncan- Cassell

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Government of Liberia says it remains committed and supportive to the fight in the elimination of HIV and AIDS in the country.

Gender Minister, Julia Duncan-Cassel, said: “The launch of the 5-year National Strategic Plan on HIV and AIDS transmission is indicative of government’s determination to contain the HIV Virus in Liberia.”

“Government and partners must sustain increased support of the 5-year strategic instrument to curb the spread of AIDS, “Minister Cassell noted.

She also called for public participation, including religious groups, traditional and civil society organizations to fight AIDS.

Minister Cassell made the commitment Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Monrovia at the official launch of a five-year Strategic Plan to stop HIV/AIDS.

Meanwhile, the National Coordinator at the AIDS Commission says the launch of the strategic plan is intended to reduce HIV and AIDS infections to 50 percent by 2020.

According to Yanita Ramirez, said: “The plan also endeavors to increase access to care and improve health outcomes to people living with the HIV virus.”

“Though the instrument seems ambitious, but it seeks to reduce AIDS- related gaps and health to 5 percent; it also seeks to promotes and educate the use of both male and female condoms, “Madam Ramirez emphasized.

She wants cultural and social practices changed to achieve the goal of reducing AIDS infections by 2020 as expected globally. .Madam Ramirez spoke at the launch of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan to end HIV and AIDS in Monrovia.

She urged Liberians to refrain from multiple-partner relationships as it negatively impacts efforts to fight the virus.

Madam Ramirez assured Liberians that the Commission is on track to end mother to child transmission and ensure that HIV care is affordable and accessible to all victims.


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