The President of Côte d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara said his country is committed to stopping new HIV infections among children in a meeting with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, on the side-lines of the 39th conference of Francophone parliamentarians, which took place in Abidjan from 9 to 12 of July. Mr Sidibé also asked the President to lead the region and the continent on innovative financing in the HIV response,
During his one-day official visit to Côte d’Ivoire, Mr Sidibé also met with the country’s President of the National Assembly, Guillaume Kigbafori Soro, and pushed for a more inclusive society in Côte d’Ivoire. There is draft legislation pending in Parliament which aims to improve living conditions for people living with HIV.
Côte d’Ivoire has made a lot of progress in the past 12 months and if access to HIV treatment for pregnant women living with HIV continues to be scaled up, the country can become a model for the Francophone region in stopping new HIV infections among children.
- UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé