Addis Ababa July 06/2017 The United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said it will work in collaboration with African countries to eliminate HIV/AIDS epidemic.
UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibe said “we need to continue cooperating with partners and we have made a lot of progress in fighting HIV.”
African heads of state and government have in the 29th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa endorsed two major new initiatives to help end AIDS by 2030.
The community health workers initiative aims to recruit, train, and deploy 2 million community health workers across Africa by 2020.
The second which is the Western and Central Africa catch-up plan aims to rapidly accelerate access to HIV treatment in the region and close the gap in access between African regions.
“I want to acknowledge this effort of different African presidents and the African Union to make sure that our efforts achieve our goal of zero new infection, zero discrimination, zero death due to HIV,” Sidibe said.
According to him, there are many countries today that work to almost reach the goal of stopping the transmission of HIV from mother to child.
“Africa needs to continue to sustain those gains,” the Executive Director stressed.
Sidibe said Ethiopia is very important partner to UNAIDS. “We need to work with different government organizations so as to utilize our domestic resources to invest in fighting this epidemic.”
The United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) strives to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.
Addis Ababa July 06/2017 The House of People’s Representatives (HPR) has been deliberating on the draft budget proposed for the upcoming Ethiopian Fiscal Year today.
During their regular meeting today, members of HPR have discussed the over 320 billion birr budget approved recently by the Council of Ministers.
The members raised queries about the budget for rural electrification program and health, among others.
Answering the queries, Finance and Economic Cooperation Minister Dr. Abraham Tekeste said one billion birr is allotted for the rural electrification program.
Furthermore, he stated that due attention has also been given to providing budget for the health sector.
Of the total budget, 114.7 birr is allotted for capital expenditure, it was learnt.
More than 117.7 billion birr is allocated to subsidize the budget of regional governments, and 7 billion birr for sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The draft budget exceeds the budget of the present fiscal year by 9.6 percent.
The new budget is expected to be approved by the House of Peoples Representatives tomorrow.
Addis Ababa July 06/2017 Ethiopian Airlines will start flying thrice in a week to Kaduna, Nigeria, beginning August 1, 2017.
According to a press release of the airline, Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said “serving our beloved continent Africa has always been a source of pride for Ethiopian Airlines which is a Pan-African Airline.”
With this commitment, Ethiopian has been able to create a missing link, availing easy movement of Africans from one corner to the other, he added.
The CEO stated that availing a more efficient intra-African network will remain at the core of the airline and it will keep on playing the positive role in catalyzing the socio-economic development of the continent.
With the addition of Kaduna, Ethiopian will totally operate 23 flights weekly to Nigeria’s main cities, namely Abuja, Lagos, Enugu and Kano.
Kaduna, located in north-western Nigeria, is a trade center and a major transportation hub for the surrounding agricultural areas with its rail and road junction, it was learned.
Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network, operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 95 international destinations across five continents.