Consultation on HIV/AIDS in the Horn of Africa [Archives:2004/742/Local News]

May 31 2004

Mohammed Al-Qadhi
The “Consultation on Partnership on HIV/AIDS in the Horn of Africa: Tracking the epidemic in post-conflict situations” meeting started on Tuesday in Sana'a. The 3-day event , organized by the UNAIDS Intercountry Team (ICT) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and with the support of the Theme Group on HIV/AIDS in Yemen, aims to develop a broader initiative that would provide a common strategic framework, pool resources and enhance coordination of efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in the Horn of Africa.
Minister of Human Rights, Amat Al-Alim al-Suswa, said that while inaugurating the event that it aims to discuss and debate various issues concerning the means of curbing the epidemic which is now a major challenge facing the world community.
The initiative aims, according to a report issued by the organizers, to “increase access to HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support services among populations that are vulnerable to the consequences of conflict in the Horn of Africa. To do so, particular emphasis will be on the reinforcement of capacities-national, civil society and human actors-to implement HIV/AIDS interventions in post-conflict situations.”
Yemen, Djibouti, Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan are the target of the initiative.