The Minister for Health, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam presented a Statement in commemoration of World AIDS Day 2019. The commemoration of World AIDS Day, which will take place on 1 December 2019, is an important opportunity to recognize the essential role that communities have played and continue to play in the AIDS response at the international, national and local levels.
This year’s theme for World AIDS Day 2019 is centered on ‘Communities Make the Difference’ and the World Health Organisation is recommending increased community-based delivery of HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care. In addition, also stating that communities help shape stronger HIV response and their role is an essential part of the movement towards universal health coverage.
Minister Adam saluted civil society organisations, citizens and the current partnership that exists with the National Assembly through the Committee on Communicable Diseases, HIV/AIDS and SRHR in the insurmountable efforts that have been made to prevent, test and treat HIV/AIDS in Seychelles.
Hon. Clive Roucou, the Chairperson of the Committee on Communicable Diseases, HIV/AIDS and SRHR stated that ‘The Committee congratulates all the health workers and NGOs that provide support and work with the patients and families who are affected by this disease. And that on behalf of the National Assembly and the Committee, we give our full commitment to assure that laws are modernized in order to benefit those who are affected and stigmatized’.
Marking a moment with remarkable progress of addressing the issues concerning the health and well-being of the Nation, Minister Adam impressed on the reinforcement of efforts to increase testing for HIV/AIDS and in introducing these test in schools and as a basic test for pregnant women and their partners.