President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that Kenya will spearhead global efforts to keep HIV medication affordable as he asked his fellow world leaders to make solid commitments for it.
He said his government will also make HIV medication a big agenda at the upcoming World Trade Organization Summit that will be held in Nairobi in December.
President Uhuru Kenyatta made the announcement on Monday when he chaired a high-level meeting on HIV and AIDS at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. USA.
“I urge my fellow leaders to make solid commitments for HIV,” said the President at the meeting which was also addressed by President Arthur Peter Mutharika and President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
He aid Africa was on its way to start production of ARVs following a resolution reached through an African Union plan to end HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The President called for increased financing to bring HIV and AIDS to an end and added that Kenya’s commitment to this goal was proven.
“Kenya in recognizing the importance of the Global Fund as a financing mechanism contributed $2 million (more than Sh200 million) to the 2014 Global Fund replenishment. I urge partners to contribute generously and replenish the Global Fund,” said the President.
He also said governments must ensure HIV commodities, particularly anti-retroviral medication continues to be available at affordable prices.
“Since HIV treatment is for life, there is need to safeguard and extend HIV related trade and intellectual property flexibility,” said the President in his speech.
Kenya government allocated more than Sh2.6 billion for HIV related commodities in the current financial year, 2015/16.
The story courtesy of PSCU.