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Visiting UNAIDs regional director to West and Central Africa Dr. Djibril Diallo says the agency will work very hard “to document the Liberian experience” and take it at the disposal of Western and Central Africa and also at the international community.

“And we are going to continue to support Liberia to document its experience. The Liberian story needs to be told,” said at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia Thursday, 28 July.

He spoke of an emergency plan that comes in the aftermath of a major report that was published by Doctors Without Borders – Medecins Sans Frontieres titled: “Out of Focus,” with a basic suggestion that special attention is needed to be paid if the international community is to end AIDs as a public health threat.

Already, Dr. Diallo said the International Community has asked President Sirleaf to lead the emergency plan so as to benefit from her leadership; adding that the emergency plan for West and Central Africa is aimed at bringing more focus in the regions with political mobilizations of 25 countries in the regions and the international community.

While paying visit here, Dr. Diallo said UNAIDS executive director [Mr. Michel Sidibe] highlighted the fact that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for paying attention to the response to HIV/AIDs at the height of the Ebola virus that struck the country’s health sector.

According to him President Sirleaf has been invited to chair other leaders at the margins of the UN General Assembly in December so that the international community can benefit from her leadership.

Out of 6.5m people that he says are living with the virus in 25 countries of West and Central Africa, he says seven countries bear the burden of over 80 percent of the virus, with Nigeria alone having up to 60 percent while the rest of the countries have about [20] percent.

“So that our strategy is that no country should be left behind so that we’re using the combination of those seven countries to which we will add the three countries that have had the experience of fighting effectively Ebola. That’s ten countries, we’re using those countries as entry points toward working with the 25 countries,” he said.

The UNAIDs envoys says they want 90 percent of those living with AIDs to know their status, those who know their status should have access to treatment and that they should have virus suppression between now and 2020.

By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Othello B. Garblah

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