June 28, 2016-06-28
Agenda 1.3 Report of the Executive Director
To be delivered by Lumumba Musah, NGO Delegate, Africa
Recognizing the urgent need for forward-thinking action and evidence-informed, rights-based, well-resourced HIV response, the NGO delegation thanks the Executive Director for his report.
We acknowledge the progress we have collectively achieved, the over 17 Million new HIV infections averted and the increased access to life saving HIV treatment with over 17 million people on treatment. We are a testimony to this progress.
You speak to our hearts when you acknowledge that we now have the largest youth cohort ever and as such, we must ensure that they have the right information and the right services at the right time through comprehensive sexuality education. Mr. Executive Director, the young people are banking on your support in their bid to have a permanent seat at the UNAIDS PCB.
Mr. Chair, allow me a few minutes to read a statement by our civil society colleagues from Western and Central Africa who are not able to attend this PCB.
Honorable members and participants of the 38th UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board:
- We, the representatives of civil society in the West and Central Africa (WCA), organized around the WCA Civil Society HLM group, wish to commend this PCB for their considerable contributions to achieving a unique Political Declaration.
- We would also like to echo the strong messages at the HLM, including by UNAIDS Executive Director and substantiated by UNAIDS, MSF and other reports that the WCA region should not be left behind and that there should not be a 2-speed AIDS response in Africa.We also acknowledge the willingness from the global community to provide extraordinary support.
- Please be rest assured that there is no 2-speed civil society in Africa – what would make a difference is direct funding for community-driven interventions, and a truthful collaboration from our governments. We are taking our own responsibilities to achieve this.
- 4. We also wish to make the following calls:
- To the Member states and donors, that you can count on our advocacy for greater domestic funding, as a critical ingredient for sustained access to HIV-related services. In order to achieve the tripling of ART coverage, there is a need for a time-limited intensive support including ARV donations.
- To the incoming PCB Vice-Chair, Minister of Health, Ghana. We look forward to your continued leadership, that of Liberia as Chair of ECOWAS and Gabon of the ECCAS to capitalize on the outcomes of the Health Ministers’ meeting at the HLM, and achieve in our 25 countries: adoption of the 2015 WHO ART guidelines; effective task-shifting and professionalization of community expertise in health; scaling-up the regional ARV security stocks and implementation of recommendations from the stigma index studies.
- To UNAIDS Executive Director and staff at the regional level. Thank you for your efforts, and we count on you to do more and better, and to mobilize the required political support and.
- We thank you again and wish the PCB could consider a future thematic segment on ”leaving no-one behind: remaining challenges and opportunities for all regions to end AIDS’’.
We take this opportunity to thank the PCB NGO delegation to be the voice of the WCA civil society.
From the West and Central Africa Civil Society Group on HLM2016