Rwanda's President Paul Kagame emphasised the importance of the active participation of young people in health and development during his meeting on 6 May with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. President Kagame said through virtual networks and social media young people are increasingly demanding change for a more inclusive and equitable society.
Mr Sidibé congratulated President Kagame on the significant progress Rwanda has made in its national AIDS response and the leadership the president has shown on Africa's development agenda. With 91% coverage on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services and 87% antiretroviral coverage for people living with HIV, who are eligible for treatment, the country is well on its way to meeting its HIV related goals.
Mr Sidibé and the President also discussed Rwanda's critical role in pushing for the implementation of the African Union's Roadmap on Shared Responsibility and Global Solidarity which aims to help countries build long-term and sustainable solutions to the AIDS response on the continent.
Reducing dependency, looking for a self-reliance strategy and long-term sustainability are the keys for Africa's transformation.
- Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director