UNAIDS chief urges Ukraine to build on progress in reducing HIV infectionsListen /
Ukraine has been hailed for being the first country in Eastern Europe to reduce new HIV infections.
The praise has come from UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe who also praised the country's leadership in the AIDS response.
During a meeting with the Head of the Health Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament Tatiana Bahteeva in Kiev on Wednesday October 23, the two leaders discussed the recently developed National AIDS Programme for 2014-2018 which is expected to be endorsed by the Parliament of Ukraine in the coming months. The Programme contains a number of ambitious goals, including the significant scaling up of antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV and a major increase in government funding.
Mr Sidibé expressed the hope that the country will sustain and build on the recent progress and ensure the long term sustainability of HIV services in Ukraine by taking full national ownership of the HIV response.
Ukraine is experiencing one of the most severe HIV epidemics in Eastern Europe, the region of the world which continues to have the largest increase in HIV incidence.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.