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Jun 16, 2011

Minister addresses United Nations General Assembly on HIV/AIDS

Pablo Marin

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, which sets new goals to be met by 2015. Belize, was among the countries that signed on to the declaration in a high level meeting in New York. The declaration consists of sixty-five pledges, aimed at intensifying the international response to HIV/AIDS. But to sum it up, the member states pledged to increase global treatment, implement new preventative approaches, continue to advance human rights as well as to reduce stigma, discrimination and violence. The countries also committed to work towards eliminating new infections among children in the next four years. Belize’s delegation was led by the Minister of Health, Pablo Marin, who says that Belize has made gains in battling the number of infections.

Pablo Marin, Minister of Health

“Even though Belize has the highest prevalence rate of HIV in Central America and one of the highest in the Caribbean, much has been done, particularly, in the latter part of the last decade. Our response has been immediate, targeted and dynamic, including a multi-sectoral partnership, robust policies, and international support. At the end of 2010, there were an estimated five thousand, three hundred and ninety-four persons living with either HIV or AIDS in Belize but the year 2010 also marked a notable achievement as for the second consecutive year there has been a decrease in the total number of new HIV infections. Belize is one of the few countries which has seen a thirty-three percent decrease in the number of new infections. We are equally pleased to report that our prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) has a coverage rate of pregnant women that is almost ninety-five percent over the last five years and the transmission rate is now below six percent; this continued success can be highlighted as a best practice in the Caribbean region. At the end of 201 0, the total coverage of persons needing medical treatment was above seventy percent, a clear demonstration of government’s commitment to the scaling up of treatment and support services in order to reach the goal of complete universal access by 2015.”

According to a government press release, global funding for HIV/AIDS initiatives is at sixteen billion dollars, which is the largest amount of money dedicated to combating a single disease in history.

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7 Responses for “Minister addresses United Nations General Assembly on HIV/AIDS”

  1. insider says:

    All lies, I have friends presently with HIV who go to the clinic only to be told that the medication is finished and they will receive in 2 months time. there is no testing for virus resistance, no second line treatment if the original treatment fails,.30 years into this world pandemic of HIV and we still don’t have a doctor specialized in this disease, what a shame, shows no vision. but of course I don”t expect Mr Marin to understand any of this, poor fella. what do we expect if we accept a wireman for Minister of Health.

  2. LARGE AND SEXY says:

    STOP PUT BLAME ON OTHERS OK, HIV CAN BE PREVENTED BUT ITS DEPENDS ON US, I DON’T CARE IF THERE IS MEDICATION OR NOT, I CHOOSE TO STAY FREE OF THE VIRUS. IF I GET INFECTED WELL THEN IT’S MY FAULT AND I WILL BLAME NO ONE IF I CAN’T GET MEDICATION. I BELIEVE THE GOVERNMENT CAN USE ALL THE MONEY SPEND ON AIDS MEDICINE FOR OTHER BETTER PURPOSES.

  3. Sugar says:

    Laad…….cyant Belize find somebody that can at least SPIK english to represent abroad?? see what happens when we elect ministers like if they were on popularity contest and fail to look for intelelctual people?? time to look at our elected officials with more scrutiny.

  4. Nurse says:

    @ large and sexy, your statement is selfish and based on ingnorance. there are HIV patients in Belize who have been infected thru no fault of theirs. blood transfusion, and receiving the virus from their mothers at the time of birth. are these people not entitled to proper treatment. to associate this desease with people who have alternative lifestyles only is so wrong, look at the stats and be informed. it is people like you who see nothing wrong with electing a wire man for minister.

  5. LARGE AND SEXY says:

    DEAR NURSE, I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH INNOCENT PEOPLE GETTING MEDECINE I AM AGAINST THOSE THAT WANTS US THE PUBLIC TO FEEL SORRY FOR THEM AFTER THEY ARE THE ONES RESPOSIBLE FOR WHAT HAPPEN TO THEM AND BESIDE THEY WANT EVERYTHING FREE LIKE IF THEY CANT WORK, WELL I THINK HELPING THOSE LAZY HIV PEOPLE IS BS.
    MAYBE YOU NEED TO COME UP NORTH AND SEE FOR YOURSELF THOSE BUGAZZ BEGGING AROUND, AND THEY LOOK GOOD ENOUGHT TO WORK.

  6. Elgin Martinez says:

    The health care providers in Belize also need to respect the patient bill of rights.Some of these people that work in our medical facilities need to be reprimanded for disclosing patients medical records to other people without the patient’s consent.

  7. Chance says:

    Couldn’t they have made some arrangement to use someone else as a proxy to talk for us at the UN….That Marin is just too dumb.

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