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Today is International AIDS Day. A special day to highlight advances around the disease. What can we say about this?
Thanks to donor funding (Fonds-Mondial, OhMass, PSI and many others), there is no doubt that significant progress has been made. And this year with the introduction of the new molecule (Dolutegravir) the HIV PVs are doing much better. But do not let everything cloud your face. Much remains to be done.
With the deterioration of the socio-political situation of the country, we can not rest on our laurels and hope that tomorrow will be better, we must act. The theme this year is very relevant because despite all the turmoil in the country, HIV PV associations have never given up. On the contrary, we have used strategies to ensure that collateral damage will have the least impact on HIV PV.
Associations are in direct contact with HIV PV. We are the first to hear their cries, listen to their grievances and they do not see the future with a good eye. Insecurity, inflation, the “country lock” phenomenon among others have not at all helped to ease their fears already in previous years. What to do?
The theme this year gives us the solution. Associations do make the difference and if we really want an efficient response to the issue of HIV / AIDS we must strengthen associations. They make the difference because they are dedicated. Already they show that even with limited means (budget reduction, staff reduction …) they can work miracles.
On this special day, which is important to all of us, I wish to congratulate the sister associations that are working with us for the cause of PLHIV. Donors I say thank you for supporting us despite the socio-political situation of the country. At the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) I say thank you for supporting us in these difficult times.
I remain convinced that associations have a crucial role to play and for a more effective, sustainable response. For this, we must strengthen them.
So we will see how much they are doing and will make the difference.
Let’s enjoy this day to celebrate the right to life, gender equity. That sexual orientation, religion and / or others are no longer a barrier and that together we are working for the emergence of a more inclusive, just society.
Good commemoration to all!
Director of the Esther Boucicault Stanislas Foundation (FEBS)