KATHMANDU: Minister of State for Health and Population Dharma Shila Chapagai has said that HIV AIDS especially in low and middle income countries has undermined people’s health and wellbeing as well as national development efforts.
Minister Chapagain said this while addressing the High-level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on HIV/AIDS in New York on Friday and stressed on the need to promote shared responsibility based on equity and equality fight this major global health problem.
A press statement issued by the Nepal’s Permanent Mission to United Nations said on the occasion Minister Chapagain also emphasized on the need to fight against gender inequalities, insufficient access to healthcare and services, and all forms of discrimination and violence, including sexual and gender based violence and exploitation.
Highlighting the Nepal government’s efforts in that regard, Minister Chapagain said a top priority has been accorded to fight against HIV/AIDS in the national health care policy, adding that the government has the National HIV/AIDS Policy 2010 in place, with the HIV/AIDS strategy 2011-2016 soon to follow.
The UN meeting, convened on 8-10 June 2011, took stock of the progress achieved in realising the “Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS” and the “Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS” adopted by the General Assembly in 2001 and 2006 respectively.