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13 Apr 2017

UNAIDS expects Belarus to beat HIV epidemic

UNAIDS expects Belarus to beat HIV epidemic

MINSK, 13 April (BelTA) – UNAIDS expects Belarus to become the first country to beat the HIV epidemic, BelTA learned from Michel Sidibe, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), on 13 April.

Michel Sidibe noted that Belarus is one of the first few countries to secure essential results in preventing the transfer of the HIV infection from the mother to the child. “We also hope that Belarus will become the world’s first country to beat the virus epidemic as a whole,” he stressed.

On 13 April the UN under-secretary-general met with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. The sides discussed accomplishments of Belarusian healthcare and prospects of Belarus’ relations with African countries. Michel Sidibe said he believes that Belarusian know-how, education and healthcare technologies will change life for the better if they are introduced in African countries.

Michel Sidibe also pointed out that Belarus had secured tangible results in mother healthcare and children healthcare. On the whole, the policy of the Belarusian government is socially-oriented. It is aimed at enabling equal access of all the population strata to education and healthcare services.

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