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GOAL 6: COMBAT HIV/AIDS, MALARIA AND OTHER DISEASES
"The Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
continues to be a prime mechanism for addressing
the 6thMillennium Development Goal."

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* REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN
* DOMINICA
* MEXICO

-For the full statements of the MDGs Debate on September 20, 2010.

Millennium Development Goals – Summit 2010 - United Nations, New York City
20-22 September 2010


Below quotes are selected based on the given speeches by the member states of the United Nations on the “Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases” within the context of the MDGs Summit-2010.

SWAZILAND
- His Majesty King Mswati III Head of State of the Kingdom of Swaziland to the 65th Session of the United Nations High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals - Monday, 20th September 2010 New York

“[However], such challenges as tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS and other social impediments are some of the major drawbacks that militate against progress in achieving the MDGs which touch upon maternal care.

Our response has been to continue to advocate good health practices, which we hope, shall decrease the spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases. We encourage people to adopt prevention mechanism since prevention is better than cure.

This comprehensive integrated HIV prevention package is to be scaled up and delivered in an accelerated mode in the coming year. There has also been a significant increase in the access to antiretroviral therapy since 2005.

The national TB response programme has made significant progress over the past 5 years.”

NIGERIA
- Statement On Behalf of: H.E. President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, On the Nigeria and the Millennium Development Goals: Progress Towards 2015 By Professor C.O. Onyebuchi Chukwu, Honourable Minister of Health, At the High Level Plenary Meeting of the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly to review the Millennium Development Goals - New York, 20-22 September 2010

“Similarly, we have recorded a fall in the prevalence of HIV/AIDS from 5.8% in 2001 to 4.2% in 2008; doubled treatment of patients from 16.7% in 2007 to 34.49% in 2008; while undertaking nationwide distribution of 63 million long-lasting insecticides bed nets that will impact on the incidence of malaria. Global and bilateral funding resources have equally played a key role, for which the Government of Nigeria remains grateful.”

General Assembly
- Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathna, GCON, GCFR, President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the General Debate of the 65th Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly
New York 24 September 2010


“The Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria continues to be a prime mechanism for addressing the 6th Millennium Development Goal. Accordingly, Nigeria will remain both a donor nations and a recipient of the Fund. Having actively participated during the first and second replenishments, Nigeria will make further contributions during the third replenishments as well as call for the Muskoka commitment to be met now, and the Global Fund to be expanded to include MDGs 4 and 5 in support of the UN Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child Initiative.”

REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA
- H.E. Mr. Victor Bodiu, Minister of State, at the High-level Plenary Meeting of the Sixty-Fifth Session of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals

“Our key priorities are: improve health education in schools, ensure wider coverage of the social protection network, expand environmental sustainability programmes, optimize the school and hospital infrastructure and ensure better social inclusion of vulnerable groups, expand multi-sectoral partnership and intensify concrete actions to fight HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, improve water and sanitation infrastructure.”


REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA
- by His Honor LT. General Mompati S. Merafhe, the Vice president of the Republic of Botswana

“The country continues to make significant inroads in the fight against HIV and AIDS pandemic.
Similarly, 62.7% of people living with HIV and eligible for Anti-Retroviral Therapy were on treatment in 205, but today more than 90% are on antiretroviral drugs. In 2001, an estimated 40% of infants born to HIV positive mothers were infected with the virus and this proportion has declined to just 3%.”

REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
by H.E. Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, President of the Republic of Macedonia

“We are aware of the synergy of the different Millennium Development Goals. The acceleration of the progress in one are entails accelerated progress in other areas, too. Such synergy is evident in the Republic of Macedonia, where the promotion of maternal health, the health of mother and children results in low mortality in children. In addition to this is the commitment in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other serious diseases.”

UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA
- by Hon. Mizengo P. Pinda, Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania

“HIV prevalence rates have declined from 7.0 percent in 2003 to 5.7 percent in 2008 in the Mainland Tanzania. We are pleased that in Zanzibar the rate has remained at 0.6 percent.

Zanzibar has done very well on the issue of malaria. The prevalence of malaria shows a drastic decreasing trend from 49.2 percent in 2000 to 0.8 percent in 2009. This out-standing performance puts Zanzibar in the pre-elimination phase.
The challenge is to hold onto this achievement and ensure that Zanzibar is totally free from malaria as well as replicating these measure in Mainland Tanzania.”

REPUBLIC OF ANGOLA
- by H.E. Georges Rebelo Chikoti, Secretary of State for External Relations of the Republic of Angola

“With regards to commitments in the health sector, we hope to reduce the infection rates of major infectious diseases like AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis by 2015 and drastically reduce the causes of death in women and children. Figures are beginning to be encouraging as a result of strong investments in infrastructures, especially in hospitals. Between 2000 and 2006, over 250 hospitals were built throughout the country, resulting in the reduction of maternal and infant mortality rates from 1400/100,000 live births in 2001 to 660/100,000 live births in 2008.”

REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN
- R.E. Mr, Elmar Mammadyarov Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan

“Azerbaijan has managed so far to contain the spread of HIVIAIDS and malaria, and succeeded in improving the prevention and cure of TB. The national response to HIVIAIDS has also been considerably strengthened over the past years with a major reorganization of the National AIDS Centre.”

DOMINICA
- by Hon. Alvin Bernard, Minister of State Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Accomplishments:
“Dominica has been able to make some major achievements in pursuit of the MDGs. We have been able to make these achievements through sound fiscal policy, strong political leadership and the hard work of our people. The developed countries, especially the member states of the European Union continue to be reliable partners in our development efforts. Partnerships have led to a marked decrease in household poverty in Dominica from 39% in 2002 to 28.8% in 2009. Per capita income has also moved from $11,430 in 2005 to $14,184 in 2008. In 2005, we achieved universal secondary education. This program provides equally for boy and girls.”

Where are we know?
“The Caribbean region has been heavily affected by I-IIVIAIDS. The efforts to date by our regional governments in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, the Pan American Health Organization and UNAIDS are commendable. The education and public awareness programs have brought the issues of I-IIVIAIDS to the fore. We look forward to the continued assistance by UNAIDS and other partners with assistance in public education programs and the provision of drugs which will help to improve the quality of life of those who are infected.”

MEXICO

“Mexico, as many other nations, registers significant improvements in the treatment of people with HIVIAIDS. Nowadays we guaranty free universal access to antiretroviral medicines and to treatment for the beneficiaries of the social security systems.”

-For the full statements of the MDGs Debate on September 20, 2010.


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