26.04.2012 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Chair of the UN Working Group in Senegal on HIV/AIDS: WHO succeeds UNESCO

Hand-over of the responsibility for the UN Thematic Group on HIV and AIDS in Senegal. © UNESCO

Since 2010, UNESCO has chaired the Thematic Group of HIV and AIDS of the UN system in Senegal.

On 16 April 2012, the Director of UNESCO Dakar, Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta handed over this reponsibility to the WHO Representative to Senegal, Ms A. Diarra-Nama.

On 16 April 2012, the Director of UNESCO Dakar, Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta handed over this reponsibility to the WHO Representative to Senegal, Ms A. Diarra-Nama.

The Director of UNESCO said she was honored to have assumed this responsibility. She praised the commitment throughout this period of focal points of other UN agencies to provide a coherent and efficient support to the national response against HIV.

Main achievements

Mrs. Ndong-Jatta gave a summary of actions taken during the period in which UNESCO chaired the Thematic Group, including: 

  • support for developing a National Strategic Plan for 2011-2015,
  • support for scaling up the prevention of mother to child transmission ,
  • providing support to prevention of sexual transmission among youth, women and in the workplace,
  • support to managing the link between Tuberculosis and HIV and production of strategic information.

She welcomed the good relations with the Executive Secretary of the National Council for the fight against AIDS (CNLS) and the support received from the UN Resident Coordinator.

Pledge to do as much or more

The new HIV Theme Group Chair expressed her satisfaction to find a dynamic team. She congratulated the Director of UNESCO for her work during the tenure and pledged to do as much or more than its predecessor. 

The Acting Regional Director of UNAIDS Office for West and Central Africa, Fritz Lherisson, who attended the working session, reviewed the history of the establishment of thematic groups at the request of UN Secretary-General.

He also discussed the objectives set by the High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS organized in 2011 and the need to achieve results at the country level.




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