August 15, 2013

Malawi: New UNAIDS Country Director for Zero New HIV Infections and Discrimination

blogger_HIVNew UNAIDS country Director, Amakobe Caroline Sande says that the she aims for zero new HIV infections, discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths in her tenure of office.

Sande, who has replaced Patrick Brenny, made the remarks on Tuesday at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe where she was being introduced to the President Dr. Joyce Banda.

She said she was honored to be assigned to Malawi a country which already has a stable legacy in fighting HIV/AIDS.

The new country director hailed the president for her efforts in building such a solid foundation on HIV programs.

"I am very impressed with strides taken by her Excellency the president in building a great foundation on HIV programs and for that reason the HIV issues in the country are on the right track," she said.

She also expressed satisfaction with the program of Anti-Retroviral treatment to pregnant mothers as one way of preventing the transmission of mother to child and Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision.

Sande however, said she was concerned with the high rate of new HIV infections in the country, saying it is not sustainable for a country like Malawi.

"For a country like Malawi to register 60,000 new HIV infections yearly is not sustainable and it may affect the future and growth a country in so many ways.

"I also want to make sure that I eliminate stigma and discrimination towards the people living with HIV so that we both work together to fight this deadly disease," she explained.

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