Government & Politics

UN hails Djibouti’s efforts to combat AIDS

Djibouti (IINA) � Djibouti's National Assembly Speaker Mohamed Ali Houmed signed a three-year cooperation agreement with Dr. Sy Kagnassy Dado, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Djibouti.

Al Qarn daily newspaper reported on Monday that the agreement covers areas of future cooperation between the Djiboutian legislative authority and the UN body to combat AIDS epidemic, provide medical care to the patients and prevent discrimination against them.

The UN official praised the efforts exerted by Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh over the past years to reduce the spread of AIDS among young people and prevent the mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). She also pledged support for Djibouti's National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan.

It is to be noted that the youth group, which represents 70 percent of the Djiboutian community, is the most vulnerable to the epidemic, according to the coordinator of the Ministry of Health's AIDS Control Program.

Source: International Islamic News Agency