UNAIDS concerned over impact of post-electoral crisis on the AIDS response in Côte d’Ivoire
GENEVA, 22 March 2011—UNAIDS expresses concern over reported disruptions in access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in Côte d’Ivoire. Amid the escalating hostilities across the country, many health care facilities have closed down and essential drugs, including antiretroviral medicines, are in short supply.
“Even in times of political instability, countries and the international community must ensure the continuity of essential health services for all people in need,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. “We know, for example, that interruptions in antiretroviral treatment can have serious health consequences.”
Côte d’Ivoire has the highest HIV prevalence in West Africa, estimated at 3.4% of the adult population. At the end of 2009, more than 72 000 people in the country were receiving antiretroviral treatment.
UNAIDS calls on the international community for solidarity in ensuring the continuity of basic health and AIDS services.