1 Dec 2015

Fiji close to overcoming AIDS threat

8:01 am on 1 December 2015

UNAIDS believes Fiji is on target to end AIDS as a public health threat within 15 years.

The international agency's deputy executive director, Jan Beagle, is in Fiji on World AIDS Day (today) to mark the country's successful effort to contain the exponential growth of HIV over the past decade.

Fiji has 2000 people with HIV and 100 new cases each year but Ms Beagle says due to a number of factors they are overcoming the threat.

She says one factor has been the years of political stability and very strong close partnerships across different sectors.

"For a partnership with communities, with a lot of different sectors, the health sector, with the education sector, with the private sector, faith based organisations, young people, people living with HIV. So bringing together a broad coalition of public/private partners, and that's very important."

Ms Beagle says UNAIDS will also appoint former Fiji president, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, as its Pacific goodwill ambassador.

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