President of the Comoros reaffirms his commitment to strengthening protection for people living with HIV
30 July 2014
UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé congratulated the President of the Comoros, Ikililou Dhoinine, on the leadership he has shown in the AIDS response and on a new law his country recently adopted that further protects people living with HIV. Their meeting took place in Moroni on 24 July 2014.
President Dhoinine highlighted that the new law confirms that there are no restrictions on entry, stay or residence for people living with HIV and guarantees access to antiretroviral treatment for all, showing his and his country’s commitment to strengthening the protection of people living with HIV.
President Dhoinine and Mr Sidibé also discussed the role that the Comoros can play in the regional HIV response as a State member of the Indian Ocean Commission. Mr Sidibé encouraged President Dhoinine to advocate national ownership, regional solidarity and increased domestic investment to sustain the AIDS response.
During his three-day visit to the country, Mr Sidibé met with the Vice-President, the President of the National Assembly and the First Lady. Mr. Sidibé also visited a prenatal care centre and met with civil society representatives.
"I reaffirm my commitment to strengthening protection for people living with HIV."
"With sustained advocacy and more active participation of partners, the Comoros can be a model of success in the response to AIDS."
Related feature storiesCivil society provides essential services in the Comoros
30 July 2014UNICEF and Katy Perry launch video against stigma and discrimination
22 July 2014AIDS 2014: addressing the needs of people who have lived with HIV for more than 20 years
22 July 2014