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  • Walter Lippmann
    UNAIDS Country Coordinator Officer Praises Cuban Public Health System HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 30 (acn) Cuba is a particular case in the Caribbean region, especially
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      UNAIDS Country Coordinator Officer Praises Cuban Public Health System

      HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 30 (acn) Cuba is a particular case in the Caribbean region, especially due to its well articulated health system, which has made it possible to give a strong response to the HIV-AIDS epidemic, affirmed an international expert.

      Dr. Ana Maria Navarro, UNAIDS Representative for Cuba and the Dominican Republic for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), highlighted to ACN the actions cUNAIDS Country Coordinator Officer Praises Cuban Public Health System

      HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 30 (acn) Cuba is a particular case in the Caribbean region, especially due to its well articulated health system, which has made it possible to give a strong response to the HIV-AIDS epidemic, affirmed an international expert.

      Dr. Ana Maria Navarro, UNAIDS Representative for Cuba and the Dominican Republic for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), highlighted to ACN the actions carried out by Cuba in terms of prevention, attention and treatment of those suffering from this disease since the 1980’s, when it was introduced on the island.

      Unlike other nations, where the majority of people infected by HIV/AIDS have no access to medicaments and anti-retroviral drugs, in Cuba these medicines are guaranteed free of charge and have contributed to increase the quality of life of these patients, affirmed Navarro.

      In addition, the island has been an innovator in projects of prevention and other actions, which have had the unconditional support of the Cuban state and international organizations, like the World Fund for AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, underlined the UN executive.

      There are some 33 million people infected by HIV/AIDS in the world, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean region.

      It’s necessary to strengthen prevention in the planet, stressed the UN official, who emphasized that this year the World Day in Response to HIV/AIDS, marked every December 1st, will have the slogan “Universal Access and Human Rights.”

      This theme responds to the urgent need of protecting human rights and achieve universal access to prevention, treatment and attention for people who live with HIV, she highlighted, while she urged nations to abolish laws or political discriminatory regulations against any population group.

      UNAIDS, with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and offices in each member state, is the main promoter of the world action against HIV/AIDS.

      The organization directs, strengthens and supports that expanded response, with the objective of preventing the transmission of this disease, providing assistance and contributing to the actions aimed at reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities, and mitigating the impact of the epidemic.arried out by Cuba in terms of prevention, attention and treatment of those suffering from this disease since the 1980’s, when it was introduced on the island.

      Unlike other nations, where the majority of people infected by HIV/AIDS have no access to medicaments and anti-retroviral drugs, in Cuba these medicines are guaranteed free of charge and have contributed to increase the quality of life of these patients, affirmed Navarro.

      In addition, the island has been an innovator in projects of prevention and other actions, which have had the unconditional support of the Cuban state and international organizations, like the World Fund for AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, underlined the UN executive.

      There are some 33 million people infected by HIV/AIDS in the world, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean region.

      It’s necessary to strengthen prevention in the planet, stressed the UN official, who emphasized that this year the World Day in Response to HIV/AIDS, marked every December 1st, will have the slogan “Universal Access and Human Rights.”

      This theme responds to the urgent need of protecting human rights and achieve universal access to prevention, treatment and attention for people who live with HIV, she highlighted, while she urged nations to abolish laws or political discriminatory regulations against any population group.

      UNAIDS, with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and offices in each member state, is the main promoter of the world action against HIV/AIDS.

      The organization directs, strengthens and supports that expanded response, with the objective of preventing the transmission of this disease, providing assistance and contributing to the actions aimed at reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities, and mitigating the impact of the epidemic.

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      WALTER LIPPMANN
      Los Angeles, California
      Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/
      "Cuba - Un Paraíso bajo el bloqueo"
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