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Public Health minister, Dr. George Norton will be travelling to the United States of America to participate in the United Nations (UN) High-Level meeting on ending AIDS and the Harvard Health Leaders’ Ministerial forum.

The UN High-Level meeting on ending AIDS is slated to be held from June 8-10, 2016 at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Focus will be placed on the importance of accelerating the response to HIV over the next 5 years to set the world on course to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals


Among the UNAIDS time-bound targets of its fast-track approach are the reduction of the number of people newly infected with HIV from two (2) million in 2014 to fewer than 500,000 in 2020 and the elimination of HIV-related discrimination.

Among the items on the agenda for the meeting are five panel discussions. The themes are: AIDS within the SDG’s: leveraging the end of AIDS for social transformation and sustainable development, Financing the end of AIDS: the window of opportunity; Getting ahead of the looming treatment crisis: an action agenda for getting 90-90-90; Leaving no one behind: ending stigma and discrimination through social justice and inclusive societies and Children, adolescents and young women: preventing new HIV infections.

Following this meeting, Dr. Norton will travel to Boston, Massachusetts, where the Harvard Health Leaders’ Ministerial forum will be held at the Harvard University from June 12-15, 2016.

Four principle areas will be the focus of the forum: leadership effectiveness, priority setting, health and resource utilization and policy implementation. The forum is the most important component of Harvard’s Ministerial Leadership in Health (MLIH) programme.

The MLIH also works with serving Health and Finance Ministers to achieve ambitious goals by optimizing leadership opportunities, increasing health budget effectiveness and efficiency in resource utilization and strengthening public health system performance and outcomes. 

The programme is a joint initiative of the Harvard T.H. Chan school of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School. (MOPH PRESS RELEASE) 


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