President Obiang Stresses Shared Responsibility In Fight Against AIDS In Africa

   President Obiang Stresses Shared Responsibility In Fight Against AIDS In
                                    Africa

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2012

NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Equatorial Guinea
President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo confirmed his support for shared
responsibility and global solidarity in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis
and malaria at the session on Sustainable Solutions for the AIDS Response in
Africa during the 67^th United Nations General Assembly today.

"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
29^th African Union Ordinary Assembly Session in Addis Ababa in July 2012 in
favor of a roadmap for shared responsibility and global solidarity in the
fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria," said President Obiang in his
speech.

President Obiang recognized the persistent efforts by governments to mitigate
and eradicate pandemics that affect the African continent. "Malaria, for
example, is a major cause of infant mortality in many countries, particularly
in Africa. 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."

In his address, President Obiang encouraged other governments to continue to
fight against AIDS, 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.

"A new roadmap presents a set of practical African solutions condensing shared
responsibility and global solidarity for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria
responses in Africa. The solutions are organized around three pillars:
diversified financing, access to medicines, and advanced health offices," said
Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State, acknowledged that African
leaders are stepping up to help their own people and assured them that the
Untied States will continue to support its partners. She continued to say "We
have to be smart about the resources we deploy. We have to work together and
learn from each other."

Today, President Obiang met with Luc Gnacadja, executive Secretary of the
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Dr. Ikililou, President
of Comoros and Jigmi Y. Thinley, Prime Minister of Bhutan.

As former Chairperson of the African Union, President Obiang served as a
keynote speaker at a high-level reception to celebrate the achievements of the
UN decade to Roll Back Malaria last year. Equatorial Guinea has one of
Africa's most successful programs to fight the spread of malaria and has
reduced the incidence of the disease by 57% in just four years.

The anti-malaria project, sponsored by the Ministry of Health and Social
Welfare, Marathon Oil Corporation, and Medical Care Development International
(MCDI), is currently focused on the island of Bioko, where more than half the
population of Equatorial Guinea lives, and has been extended to 2013 to
develop local capacity and build campaign on the mainland. The program to
control malaria is part of a broader effort by the government, through the
Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, to improve public health in the West
African nation.

About Equatorial Guinea
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (República de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only
Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the
continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country's
oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began
contributing to the global energy supply. Equatorial Guinea is now working to
serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central
Africa. The country hosted the 2011 Summit of the African Union, 2012 Africa
Cup of Nations and 2012 Leon H. Sullivan Summit. For more information, visit
http://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com.

SOURCE Republic of Equatorial Guinea

Contact: Matt Lauer, +1-703-463-1841
 
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.