Thursday, October 4, 2012

President Obiang Stresses Shared Responsibility In Fight Against Aids In Africa

Speech Transcript:

I can assure you that my country, Equatorial Guinea, is steadfast in its support for the statement made by the Heads of State and Government of the 29th African Union Ordinary Assembly Session in Addis Ababa in July 2012. We are in favor of a roadmap for shared responsibility and global solidarity in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

The world is witness to the reality around us.

We recognize the constant efforts that governments give to mitigate and eradicate the pandemics that pandemics who harass the community of nations. Malaria, for example, is a major cause of infant mortality in many countries, particularly in the African continent.

The AIDS pandemic affects more than 34 million people in the world, from which more than 20 million are in Africa representing 67% of the people affected by this disease worldwide.

The realities and dangers of AIDS are serious and complex. AIDS is now a global problem that is slowly eroding the potential and socio-economic engine in many countries in our community, in particular the African continent.

This disease is killing our demographic layers such as youth, urban and rural populations, which constitute the workforce and our human capital.

Distinguished authorities in this room, we want to encourage governments even more to continue the fight against AIDS by appealing to the solidarity and support of the international community.

With the humanitarian spirit that characterizes the people of Equatorial Guinea, we join the effort with initiatives such as the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Award for research in life sciences, which encourages the international scientific community to seek remedies for diseases that threaten the welfare and human existence, such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Equatorial Guinea is also funding national programs such as preventive education against AIDS, condom distribution, and financing of anti retrovirals for afflicted populations.