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Thu, 03 Aug 2017 17:21 - Updated Thu, 03 Aug 2017 17:21

Angola: UNAIDS, Luanda Government discuss mechanisms to fight AIDS

Luanda - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Angola has requested support to boost actions for combat the disease in the Luanda province.

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This was during a meeting UNAIDS director Michel Kouakou held with the governor of Luanda province Higino Carneiro on Wednesday in the country’s capital.

The UNAIDS official believes that all the work to be performed will have a major impact on AIDS across the country, as Luanda is one of Africa’s largest cities with more than 7 million inhabitants.

In his turn, the governor of Luanda expressed his  government’s availability to continue working with the new director of UNAIDS in the country so that the planned goals on fight against HIV / AIDS are achieved.

The provincial governor welcomed the proposal with great interest and pledged to meet such challenges in the coming days after undertaking  studies on the case.

During the meeting, Michel Kouakou suggested a greater involvement of municipal administrators and members of Angolan civil society in this process aimed at preventing and combating HIV / AIDS.

"We know that the prevalence of AIDS in Angola is low, but this is the right time to act and prevent the epidemic from growing, especially among young people," he said.

The meeting also served to submit a proposal to endorse the "Paris Declaration Toward the End of HIV / AIDS," a United Nations initiative that aims to eradicate AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, in line with the Millennium Development Goals.

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