More than 500,000 people live with HIV / AIDS in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The country director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS, Susan Cassidy Mwansi, said this at the end of the meeting on Monday, April 19, 2021 with the Governor of North Kivu Province, Charlie Nzanzo Kasivita.
Headed a joint delegation consisting of the Joint United Nations Program on AIDS, the National Program for Multisectoral AIDS (PNMLS) and the National Program to Combat HIV / AIDS (PNLS).
Their mission is part of strengthening the HIV / AIDS response strategy in North Kivu.
To this end, Ms. Susan Cassidy-Mwansi reassured her interlocutors that the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS will always be in tandem with other partners in the fight against HIV / AIDS.
« You can absolutely count on the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS to continue to mobilize and support the HIV response », She confirmed.
According to her, HIV still ranks high among the main challenges in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
« For us, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS and other partners as well as civil society, we want to see that there is continuity in access to prevention, care and quality care services that allow people affected by HIV to live in dignity. We have what it takes if we work together Said the Country Director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS.
For his part, Deputy National Executive Secretary of PNMLS, Dr Busiki Nguy Bailey, welcomed the commitment of the county authority in combating HIV / AIDS and said that he had considered possible solutions, in cooperation with partners, in order to stop the spread of HIV / AIDS. The spread of this disease in North Kivu.
« In the current context where we have made a lot of efforts to be able to stop the development of HIV, if we mitigate these efforts despite the other problems we face, including Covid-19 and Ebola, it will be disastrous especially with our young people who are still exposed. very. So we must make the last efforts so that we can stop this epidemic. “, He argued.