Speaking on the occasion of the celebration of the World Aids Day, the minister stressed “the quality and density” of partnership between Algeria and UNAIDS, which enabled the country to make “noticeable progress” in the fight against HIV/Aids, as the latter is “not an active epidemic with a prevalence of 0.1%.”
In this regard, he “reaffirmed Algeria’s willingness to step up efforts to reverse the process of the spread of this global pandemic,” in addition to “be resolutely part of the ambitious target fixed by ONUAIDS, consisting in ending AIDS by 2030.”
“This political willingness has resulted in a total mobilization of the Government and all the stakeholders in different sectors,” he said, adding that “the State maintains a substantial budget of more than 95%.” The stake is to guarantee “for free all the necessary services, including antiretroviral screening and treatment for everyone.”
Risky behaviors, low use of protection means, injecting drug use, migration phenomenon are vulnerability factors requiring maintaining our vigilance,” warned Pr. Benbouzid, insisting on “the willingness to continue efforts to take up the challenge,” through the implementation of Strategic national plan of fight against HIV/Aids 2020-2024.