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ADDIS ABABA, The United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has reiterated its commitment to work in collaboration with African countries to eliminate the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the continent.

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe said here Thursday: We need to continue co-operating with partners and we have made a lot of progress in fighting HIV.

African Heads of State and Government attending thee 29th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa earlier this week endorsed two major new initiatives to help end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, including the recruitment, training and deployment of two million community health workers across Africa by 2020.

The second initiative covering the Western and Central African sub-regions aims to rapidly accelerate access to HIV treatment in these sub-region to close the gap in access to treatment which exists between different sub-regions.

I want to acknowledge this effort of the African presidents and the African Union to make sure that our efforts achieve our goal of zero new infection, zero discrimination, zero death due to HIV, said Sidibe, who added that there are many countries today working to reach the goal of stopping the transmission of HIV from mother to child.

Africa needs to continue to sustain the gains it has made in the fight against HIV, the Executive Director stressed.


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