The director of UNAIDS Morocco, Dr. Kamal Alami, praised, Wednesday in Rabat, the role of Morocco which stood out compared to the region of North Africa and the Middle East (MENA), in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) control.
“Morocco stands out compared to the MENA region. It is on the right track to achieve the objectives defined at the international level and the end of AIDS in 2030 ”, he said in an interview with MAP, on the occasion of World AIDS Day, celebrated on December 1 of each year.
Thus, “Morocco has managed to reduce to about 50% new infections and cases of death between 2010 and 2020. It is therefore among the countries which are making good progress in the response to HIV,” said the UN official, noting that this was achieved “thanks to many years of political commitment, a very active partnership between the government, the ministry of health and civil society organizations, and through a human rights-based approach, with the involvement of the National Human Rights Council ”.
Dr. Kamal Alami, also stressed that Morocco was among the countries “having responded well to the fight against HIV during the period of Covid-19, in particular by continuing to promote and offer services for HIV in collaboration with civil society organizations ”.
Commemorated on December 1 of each year, World AIDS Day this year highlights inequalities, including those related to the stigma and discrimination that people living with HIV find themselves forced to face.
The latest global HIV statistics show that in 2020, as many as 37.7 million people were still living with the virus, 1.5 million people (53% of whom were women and girls) became newly infected and 680,000 more. died of AIDS-related illnesses.