Casablanca, Morocco (ADV) – The Moroccan Ministry of Health and the Pan African AIDS Organization (PAIO) signed Friday in Rabat, a convention to fight against sexually transmitted infections.
The convention aims to increase awareness of the importance of reproductive health and to promote action on AIDS, with the aim of reducing the rate of sexually transmitted infections and ensuring access to health facilities.
Through its sections in different provinces of Morocco, PAIO is working to set up awareness programs and medical, psychological and legal care in harmony with the national programs of the Ministry of Health which will take care of the PAIO human resources training to carry out actions targeting vulnerable groups.
The Convention also focuses on creating common spaces for reflection on reproductive health and AIDS, as well as on strengthening the national experience in this area, targeting mainly young people, women and migrants.
According to Moroccan Health Minister Anass Doukkali, the development of an exemplary multisectoral partnership and thanks to a very active civil society, the kingdom was the first country in the North Africa / Middle East region to benefit from the active support of Global Fund to Fight AIDS since the launch of the first grants in 2003.
Successive strategies have worked to improve the use of HIV testing and access to antiretroviral treatment, with particular emphasis on respect for the rights of people living with HIV and those most at risk of infection, reducing vulnerability, equal opportunities and equity in access to care, he stressed.
For her part, the president of PAIO-Morocco, Nadia Bezzad indicated that the organization adopts, in its sensitization actions, various approaches aimed at the targeted groups, noting that the working methodologies of this NGO are carried out in the field respect for the principle of dignity and human rights.
In this regard, she recalled the efforts of the organization, which has accumulated extensive experience working in the field in the field of awareness, sex education of young people and family planning as well as in early diagnosis cancers such as skin cancer and blood cancer.
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