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statement by Alexey Tsoy, Vice-Minister of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan

9 June, 2016. Alexey Tsoy, Vice-Minister of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in his statement at the United Nations High-level panel discussion on AIDS, emphasized that Kazakhstan reaffirms the commitment to its crucial goal – the elimination of HIV/AIDS by 2030, and called on the international community to actively cooperate within the existing framework of international and regional organizations end the HIV epidemic.
In his statement, A. Tsoy urged Member States to widely apply rapid diagnostic of HIV for testing of people who inject drugs, engage capability of NGO sector to expand the coverage of vulnerable groups of the population by HIV testing, ensure advisory assistance to civil society organizations dealing with high-risk groups, thus it will significantly expand the access to HIV testing.
The delegation of Kazakhstan took part in the meeting “Getting ahead to the looming treatment crisis: an action agenda for getting 90-90-90”. The 90-90-90 targets imply that by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. The discussion focused on a major issue of expanding and sustaining access to treatment for all people living with HIV. The measures to achieve 90-90-90 targets and ensure access to quality affordable medicines were discussed. The moderators of the debate were H.E. Mr. Barnabas Dlamini, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Swaziland, and H.E. Mr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of Uganda.
In the UN Headquarters, A. Tsoy also participated in side-event ‘Fast-tracking the HIV response among people who use drugs: leadership to end AIDS’ convened by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations with the delegations of Senegal, Switzerland, Colombia, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. The moderator of the event was Mr. Michel Kazatchkine, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
On the margins of the High-level meeting, A. Tsoy held bilateral meeting with the candidates for the post of Director-General of the World Health Organization: H.E. Mr. Tedros Adhanom, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, and Philippe Douste-Blazy, former Minister of Healthcare of France.