President Sirleaf Presides over National AIDS Commission Board of Directorsí Meeting.

Tuesday, 22nd November 2016
President Sirleaf making a point at National AIDS   Commission Board Meeting.
President Sirleaf making a point at National AIDS Commission Board Meeting.
Photo Credit: Mr. James M. Jarresen-EXECUTIVE MANSION
Monrovia, Liberia: President Sirleaf has presided over the Board of Directors' Meeting of the National AIDS Commission in an effort to examine performance in the coordination, planning, implementation and monitoring of the national response to HIV and AIDS and advance discussions to reduce the spread of HIV and AIDs. The Board took place in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, November 22, 2016
 
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader said since the last Board meeting, a lot of events have taken place, which prevented the Board from meeting to discuss issues relating to the Board. She said key among them was the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, which according to her affected some of the progress made in the sector and as such something should be done to reduce HIV and AIDS if not eradicated.
President Sirleaf noted that with the help of the communities, citizens’ participation, support from international partners and the role played by government - Ebola was defeated. She said HIV and AIDs continue to remain a serious issue in Liberia and must be dealt with at all levels. She received update and assessment reports of the National Response to HIV and AIDS of National AIDS Commission presented by Ivan F. Camanor - Chairperson, National AIDS Commission.
She encouraged Board members to remain positively engaged with partners and other stakeholders with the hope that Liberia can redouble her efforts that the 90-90 cannot be an issue in 2050. 
Speaking earlier Dr. Ivan F. Camanor, Chairperson, National AIDS Commission expressed thanks and appreciation to President Sirleaf and her government for the interest they continue to show in fighting the epidemic. He said huge progress has been made since 2000 and millions of lives have been saved but said there are still important milestones to reach, barriers to break and frontiers to cross. He maintained the world has agreed to meet a set of global targets by 2020 as part of UNAIDS fast-track strategy to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat.
 
 He said the Liberia Catch-up Plan is intended to supplement national strategies and quicken the pace of HIV responses in Grand Bassa, Margibi and Montserrado counties. He said with the highest prevalence rate of 2.7% and high HIV burden, in order to achieve the 90-90 target by 2020. 
 
Dr. Camanor maintained the catch-up plan effectively will seek to triple its current testing and treatment figures within a short window of opportunity to fast track progress. He however indicated that the Commission including other partners are working on the plan for submission to UNAIDS by the end of November 2016.