Belarus has achieved significant results in the fight against HIV and is ready to share experience with other countries. The subject was discussed at the meeting between Alexander Lukashenko and the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé.
In 2016, Belarus managed to stabilize the situation on the issue of the spread of HIV. Much work in this direction has been conducted for many years. Since 2000, more than 4,000 cases of HIV infection and 2,000 deaths from AIDS have been prevented. But the main thing is that Belarusian doctors have managed to stop the transmission of this dreaded disease from mother to newborn.
As noted by Alexander Lukashenko, high results were achieved including through the assistance of international organizations. The Head of State gave Michel Sidibé a medal of Francysk Skaryna. The high state award was conferred for his contribution to the development of healthcare in Belarus.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
I want to express my sincere gratitude for the tremendous help and support provided to Belarus in the field of health, especially in the fight against HIV/AIDS. I thank you for the rating you give Belarus for its work to overcome this disease. I'll tell you frankly: if it were not for your support in this fight against the disease, we would never have achieved such results. Let me fulfill a pleasant mission - you are awarded with a high state award of our country for the enormous contribution that you have made to the health care of Belarus. Let me, at the beginning of our meeting, present you with this well-deserved award.
The experience of Belarus is going to be applied in other countries. On April 13, the possibility of healthcare cooperation with African countries was discussed too. Belarus has well-educated staff, modern technology, and doctors possess advanced methods of treatment.
Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS:
Our organization aims to achieve social justice, so that everyone has access to all social benefits. This is the course Belarus chose. I am amazed at your progress in the health sector. Belarus is the first state in the world that has achieved significant results in the prevention of HIV transmission from mother to newborn. And, I hope, you will be the first country to completely defeat the HIV epidemic.
Vasily Zharko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
The work will be aimed at increasing the scope of treatment coverage for all patients. To date, we treat about 8,000 people. I think in 2018, we will treat about 20,000 patients with antiretroviral therapy, thanks to the fact that we are beginning to purchase foreign drugs.
Belarus has 100% testing of donated blood for HIV, and access to HIV therapy has been recently increased. Thanks to preventive work, Belarus has cut the incidence among young people two-fold.