Guinea’s President and First Lady to attend the 2011 High Level Meeting on AIDS
Geneva, 15 April 2011—President Alpha Condé and the First Lady, Ms Djene Kaba Condé, will participate in this year’s UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS. The announcement came during a two-day official visit by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé to the West African nation of Guinea Conakry.
The High Level Meeting, from 8-10 June 2011, is widely seen as an important opportunity to revitalize the global AIDS movement and achieve the UNAIDS vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.
“I commend President Condé for his commitment and leadership on HIV,” said Mr Sidibé, after a meeting with Guinea’s Head of State on Thursday. “His presence at the High Level Meeting will be critical to advancing the AIDS response here in Guinea, and globally,” he added.
Over the past decade, Guinea has made significant strides in its national response to HIV. Between 2001 and 2009, Guinea saw a 25% reduction in its rate of new HIV infections. Coverage of antiretroviral treatment in the country reached 40% in 2009, up from just 3% in 2004. Furthermore, HIV prevalence in Guinea has remained relatively low since 2006, at about 1% of the adult population.