UNAIDS Regional Director’s visit to Lesotho
10 – 16 February 2016
UNAIDS Regional Director For Eastern and Southern Africa, Professor Sheila Tlou, will visit Lesotho from 10 – 16 February 2016 to engage with national authorities and other stakeholders on the AIDS situation in Lesotho. She will also discuss global and regional strategies in the national response to AIDS.
With a high HIV incidence especially among young people, women and girls, Lesotho is one of the most impacted countries in the world. The scourge of HIV and AIDS remains one of unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In view of these challenges, the government has taken critical steps to address the situation. These include the resuscitation of the National AIDS Commission to coordinate a strong partnership for an effective response and mobilization of additional resource.
Professor Tlou will discuss the upcoming High Level Meeting (HLM) to be held from 8 – 10 June 2016 in New York USA with the authorities. The meeting will review progress against the 2011 HLM targets, discuss, and agree on the new political declaration to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
In addition, Professor Tlou will interact with stakeholders and discuss the urgent need to enhance antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Lesotho because fast-tracking the HIV and AIDS response requires uninterrupted supplies of medicines and other commodities. The discussion will rally around how Lesotho can fulfil its obligation in terms of putting more domestic resources to complement the resources that come from external donors to sustain the HIV and AIDS response.
Professor Tlou will wrap up her visit by participating in the annual retreat for the UN Country Team (UNCT) in Lesotho, joined by other Regional Directors and Heads of non-resident agencies.