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Kenya elected as chair of joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS

Health CS welcomes the decision of the board members to elect Kenya as the Chair of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha has confirmed Kenya’s election as the Chair of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS during the 53rd Coordinating Board meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland.

The CS praised Kenya’s membership in the international organization stating that it will support national efforts to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

“Kenya has been elected as the Chair of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS during the 53rd programme Coordinating Board held in Geneva, Switzerland, for the year 2024.

“This decision puts Kenya on the driver’s seat in important decision-making on both local and international levels due to our capacity to respond to HIV/AIDS,” Nakhumicha said in a statement on X.

The Health CS also explained how the goal of ending HIV/AIDS in seven years can be achieved.

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“Social and structural barriers continue to increase the vulnerability of HIV infections amongst the population, particularly affecting adolescent girls and young women.

“We must, therefore, make deliberate prevention efforts by improving our understanding of factors that are a cause and driver of AIDS in our communities for us to achieve the collective goal of ending AIDS by 2030,” she added.

Nakhumicha also pointed out the exact steps that should be implemented in order to achieve the vision.

“As we embrace the responsibility to drive this impactful change, we will intensify prevention efforts, expand access to treatment, activate awareness and sensitization campaigns, as well as champion inclusiveness as we focus on building a future where HIV/AIDS is not a threat to our communities,” her statement continued to read.

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