Kenya To Host HIV/Aids Centre

The Kenyan Government has welcomed the selection of Nairobi as the headquarters of the Global Plan for Elimination of HIV among Children and Keeping their Mothers Alive.

The government has further welcomed the appointment of Dr Nicholas Muraguri as the executive director of the secretariat.

A press statement from the Office of the President said the appointment of a Kenyan to the position would give Africa a voice and further create the momentum to accelerate the targets of reduction of new HIV infections among children by 90 per cent and Aids-related maternal deaths by 50 per cent by 2015.

The statement further said that with the appointment, the global community had recognised Kenya’s efforts and achievements in HIV prevention, care and treatments, particularly among women.

Dr Muruaguri, a former director of the national aids programme, brings to the global position extensive experience in a variety of complex situations.

Every year, disclosed the press statement, close to 87,000 HIV positive pregnant women in Kenya required HIV services for stopping mother to child transmission of HIV.

The Kenyan Government looks forward to working with the Global Support Group secretariat, UN agencies and other stakeholders to ensure that the targets set out in the global plan were realised.

Kenya, explained the government, would use its social, diplomatic and political clout and resources globally to mobilise various stakeholders to ensure that the Global Plan was implemented in an efficient and effective manner.

Africa Review

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