UNAIDS' Sidibe lauds efforts of BRICS to promote global healthListen /
The top official of UNAIDS has emphasized the unique role of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to draw on their positive experience with HIV to serve as an engine for innovation, research and development of health solutions for other developing countries.
Michel Sidibe said "the BRICS countries are demonstrating how health is increasingly a tool of foreign policy and a vehicle for promoting global health and development for the entire world". He also described global health as going through an important transition beyond disease specific approaches and adopting a people-centered approach to global health.
India's Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad also highlighted the progress of the BRICS countries in the global AIDS response. He said that "In India, we have reduced new HIV infections by 57% in the last decade, which puts us on track to halt and reverse the spread of HIV" – a key HIV-related development goal countries are expected to reach by 2015.
The 2nd Health Ministers' meeting of the BRICS countries concluded in New Delhi, India with a strong call for strengthened cooperation in the implementation of affordable, equitable and sustainable solutions for common health challenges. The meeting adopted the Delhi Communique, which calls for the BRICS to renew efforts to face the continued challenge posed by HIV.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.