A seven-member delegation from Malawi is expected to attend the 2016 United Nations (UN) General Assembly Special Session on HIV and Aids scheduled for 8th to 10th June in New York, United States of America (USA).
Leader of Delegation also Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Francis Kasaila told journalists in the capital Lilongwe on Friday that Malawi has been called upon to share its experiences, success stories and inspire other nations on how it manages the fight against HIV and Aids.
“Malawi has an internationally acclaimed reputation globally on the way it has scaled up its programs in the fight against HIV and Aids. This is something that our nation can be proud of,” he said.
Some of the achievements Malawi will share include Option B plus program which puts positive pregnant and breastfeeding women on life-long treatment and has helped to avert new infections in babies since its introduction in 2011, reducing new infections from 42,000 in 2014 to 33,000 in 2015 among others.
Malawi is also acknowledged for the manner in which it delivers its programs making them one of the most cost-efficient in the world, he added.
The minister said Malawi will also learn some lessons from other countries about how to address the bottle-necks that it has in its HIV and Aids response.
The trip has been sponsored by the UNAIDS.
UN-Aids Country Director, Amakobe Sande commended Malawi for showing commitment in the fight against the scourge.
“We are very confident that Malawi will shine with its contributions to this high level meeting,” she said.
However, the meeting will focus on the importance of a Fast-Track approach to the Aids response over five years and galvanize the attention of world leaders on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) target of ending Aids by 2030 and how to achieve the goal.