Côte d’Ivoire President commits to stopping new HIV infections among children
15 July 2013
The President of Côte d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara said his country is committed to stopping new HIV infections among children in a meeting with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, on the side-lines of the 39th conference of Francophone parliamentarians, which took place in Abidjan from 9 to 12 of July. Mr Sidibé also asked the President to lead the region and the continent on innovative financing in the HIV response,
During his one-day official visit to Côte d’Ivoire, Mr Sidibé also met with the country’s President of the National Assembly, Guillaume Kigbafori Soro, and pushed for a more inclusive society in Côte d’Ivoire. There is draft legislation pending in Parliament which aims to improve living conditions for people living with HIV.
Côte d’Ivoire has made a lot of progress in the past 12 months and if access to HIV treatment for pregnant women living with HIV continues to be scaled up, the country can become a model for the Francophone region in stopping new HIV infections among children.