President Koroma Receives MDG Award
The National Aids Secretary (NAS) Sunday 19th received the 2010 Millennium Development Goal award (MDG). The awards were held in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in the United States.
Sierra Leone being one of the few countries esteemed as uppermost in the prevention of HIV/AIDS was nominated on the grounds of what the committee referred to as ‘In honour of exemplary efforts by national governments and civil society stakeholders in the advancement of international development goals.’
The award which brings to light efforts by governments including Sierra Leone reiterates specifics on the conduct of sensitizations and due education in the prevention of world’s most concerned pandemic – HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases.
It could be recalled that Sierra Leone in 2002-2005 experienced a steady increase of HIV prevalence from 0.9% to 1.5%, from 2005 – 2008 that national HIV prevalence has remained stable between 1.48% and 1.53%.
This to the world was an excellent achievement and has the potent tendency of preventing the spread of the pandemic.
In the area of prevention of mother to child transmission, voluntary confidential counseling and testing, blood screening, condoms access and distribution, sexually transmitted infection management, nutritional support and anti retroviral therapy, Sierra Leone has had its name tagged as ‘best of bests.’
By the above quote, it is but fitting that recent achievements of NAS was all the more President Koroma’s commitment and willingness to seeing principles as called for are gone by and needed finances provided.
A letter sent to Sierra Leone by MDG’s Nominations Committee reads as follow:
On behalf of the MDG award committee, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, we are pleased to advise you that the Republic of Sierra Leone has been selected by the nomination committee to receive an MDG award for the outstanding national leadership, commitment and progress towards achievements of MDG goal 6 – combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases.
The annual MDG award is intended to support and raise awareness of the Millennium Development Goal by providing a high profile platform to honour and celebrate exemplary efforts by national governments and civil society stakeholders in advancing this international development goal.
The 2010 MDG award will be presented at a special event being held in the grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria on the evening of the 19th September 2010.
Context as in letter sent direct to President Koroma depicts exemplary performance of the National Aids Secretariat Sierra Leone.
The fact that the award cut across countries viewed as having unique performance on issues of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases, qualify Sierra Leone as making in roads in combating issues of health concerns.
Achievements as lined up above illustrate the continued and diligent commitment of President Koroma and partners in scaling up the national response to HIV.
And names of key players to successes gained cannot end if one of Sierra Leone’s experienced medical practitioners is not included in this piece – loudly pronounced, Dr. Brima Kargbo.
To the ordinary Sierra Leoneans, it makes sense if consciences of yours could inculcate the notions that HIV and AIDS are real and Malaria kills.
Much of the achievement of NAS in the enhancement of a high standard of preventive measures stems from the fact that components of effective response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic and Malaria as a killer disease have been meticulously monitored and followed to finish.
Sierra Leone unlike other countries in Africa is graced as being an exception to prevention of diseases.
The commitment of H.E the President in spearheading the National AIDS Council (NAC) has contributed to raise the profile of the national response to HIV in Sierra Leone.
The NAC is the highest strategic body in the national response which comprises of public and non public sector representatives in roughly equal part, as well as people living with HIV/AIDS.
Meetings convened by NAC are chaired by H.E the President at every given time and the President obliges all government Ministers to be involved in the response to HIV/AIDS as Ministers commitment to AIDS response will be considered as part of their management agreement signed with the President.
Analysis as forenamed boils down to President Koroma’s identification of HIV/AIDS, as a priority his government’s agenda for change.
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