1 December 2016, Alexandria
Under the auspices of H.E. Prof. Dr. Ahmed Emad El din, Minister of Health and Population; senior UN officials alongside key government officials have gathered under the ceiling of Bibliotheca Alexandrena, to launch Egypt’s national AIDS advocacy campaign. The gathering included key civil society actors, representatives of youth-led organizations and academia. Through this high-level event, representatives called for a renewed commitment to scale up HIV prevention efforts, and address the key challenge for the response “Stigma in healthcare settings”
The Event was chaired by: UN Resident Coordinator a.i. Mr. Al-Moustafa Benlamlih, Dr. Jean Jabbour, World Health Organization Representative, Dr. Mohamed Genedy Head of the infection control department at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Magdy Hegazy, Undersecretary for Health in Alexandria, Dr. Magdy El Sanady, UNICEF chief of protection sector and Dr. Ahmed Khamis, UNAIDS Country Manager.
Mr. Al Mustafa Benlamlih, UN resident Coordinator “Egypt can end AIDS before 2030, if we put our hands together, towards a dignified life for those living with HIV and spreading awareness towards an HIV free generation”
Dr. Jean Jabbour, WHO representative “People living with HIV have the right to enjoy healthy dignified lives, and have free access to healthcare services. Stigma in healthcare settings is a violation of their rights”.
Dr. Mohamed Genedy; Head of Infectious diseases department, Ministry of Health and Population “Egypt through its national AIDS control program and efforts of different partners, can achieve global targets of ending AIDS by 2030, even before that time”
Dr. Magdy Hegazy” Alexandria has always been a key positive example in the response to HIV, civil society and different actors are exceptionally dedicated and believe we can make a difference. This conference highlights Alexandria’s role, and we look forward to seeing its outcomes locally and nationally”
Dr. Ahmed Khamis, UNAIDS Country Manager “ Egypt’s new national strategy paves the way towards achieving 2020 and 2030 targets. It is time we give the response to HIV another push, to build on the momentum, not to lose our successes. “