DR RAYMOND GOUDOU COFFIE ADDRESS TO ICASA 2017 DELEGATES
I would like to wish you the traditional ‘’Akwaba’’ (welcome) in our beautiful country, Cote d’Ivoire. Choosing Cote d’Ivoire as the host country for ICASA 2017 is a strong signal of the Government commitment to end HIV/AIDS pandemic. The country is one of the most affected countries by HIV and AIDS in West and Central Africa (WCA).
The commitment of the Ivorian government led to significant progress towards achieving 90-90-90 targets. Cote d’Ivoire now offers immediate access to treatment to anyone diagnosed HIV positive « le tester traiter », (Screen and treat) which should stimulate progress towards the achievement of 90-90-90 targets.
I would also like to take this opportunity to praise governments and the international community efforts. These promise a better horizon for achieving the 2030 goal established by UNAIDS and which aims at ending HIV/AIDS. An objective to which Cote d’Ivoire adheres.
Beyond the efforts of the rulers, our populations must also commit themselves for ending HIV because « the end of HIV » also means raising awareness and putting preventive measures into practice; the adoption of attitudes, habits and simple gestures which maintain us in good health. I therefore urge all the populations through the concept ‘’Ma santé, Ma Vie’’ (My health, my life) to appropriate the preventive measures and to get tested in order to know their serological status.
Finally, I would like to reiterate the thanks of the Ivorian government which is happy and proud to welcome you and ask you to support the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene and the Society for Aids in Africa for a successful ICASA in the evening of 9th December which theme is “Africa: Ending AIDS-delivering differently”.