Work together to prevent world’s most demolishing diseases: PM
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has urged the international community to work together to prevent three of the world’s most devastating diseases — AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
‘I firmly believe that AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria are preventable and treatable. It needs commitment, determination and solidarity … let’s make a pledge to work together towards that end,’ she told the opening session of the 5th Global Fund Replenishment Conference at the Hyatt Regency Montreal in Canada on Friday.
The prime minister also sought the Global Fund support to her government’s strides to ensure health security for all of the people of the country, reports Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.
‘My government attaches high priority to health security by investing in health infrastructures, products and services … we expect Global Fund to support us in our efforts,’ she said.
The Global Fund is the world’s main funding body for activities related to the prevention and treatment of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. It supports programmes all over the world, with a focus on those areas where the burden of disease is greatest.
Pointing out that health security is a ‘crucial aspect’ of development, Sheikh Hasina said access to health care is critically important for our society.
‘Health security depends on poverty alleviation, food security and even climate change management … development of an equitable, affordable and sustainable health system for all remains a challenge,’ she said.