Cameroon-UNAIDS: Country Director bids farewell to MINEPAT

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Savina Ammassari, Directrice pays ONUSIDA en fin de séjour au Cameroun a été reçue en audience le vendredi 25 juin 2021, par le Ministre de l’Economie, de la Planification et de l’Aménagement du Territoire, Alamine Ousmane Mey.

The UN diplomat came to express her gratitude to the Minister of the Economy, Alamine Ousmane Mey, for the facilities she enjoyed during her mission in Cameroon. She also presented the accomplishments of UNAIDS interventions in our country. Notably, the lifting of HIV-related user fees which has had a strong impact on the lives of thousands of people living with HIV; the mobilisation of CFAF 165 billion from the Global Fund to support AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis programmes for the 2021-2023 period; and the “Education Plus” initiative aimed at reducing HIV infections by keeping young girls in school until the end of secondary education.

The “Education Plus” initiative is a high-level advocacy initiative that involves nearly ten ministries and 12 UN agencies. In this regard, Savina Ammassari wished that the Cameroonian government would pay more attention to investing in education, especially for girls, because they are much more infected than boys. The Country Director also mentioned that “of the 17,000 new infections recorded each year, two-thirds are among women and girls. Those aged 15 to 24 are nine times more infected than men of the same age”.

MINEPAT welcomed this initiative as inherent to the development of human capital, which is at the heart of the NDS30. He also expressed his department's commitment to work towards aligning the programmes to be developed by other ministries with the NDS30, in order to better achieve the development objectives.

Savina Ammassari is leaving Cameroon for Gabon, where she will now assume the functions of the UN System Coordinator.