Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
27th April: Permanent Secretary Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Mr. Solo Mara met with Pacific Islands Aids Foundation (PIAF) Legal Trainer and Policy Analyst Mr. Ilaitia Tamata and the Ministry of Health’s National Advisor Family Health, Dr. Frances Bingwor in the region at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday 27 April 2011, to discuss key issues relating to HIV/AIDS in Fiji and the region.
PIAF had recently signed an MOU with the Ministry of Health and approached the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to seek guidance on how best to capitalize on the partnership it had established with the Ministry of Health particularly in enhancing the capacity of local organizations that represented persons living with HIV.
Also on the agenda for discussion was Fiji’s HIV/AIDS decree which came into force in February 2011. The Ministry of Health has formulated its implementation plan with the first HIV/AIDS Board meeting to be held next month. The HIV/AIDS Board will be responsible for the implementation of the HIV decree in Fiji working with PIAF and other key partners involved in HIV/AIDS programmes/activities.
The Permanent Secretary welcomed the visit by PIAF and looked forward to the strengthened partnership and renewed commitment that will assist Fiji bring to the forefront HIV/AIDS issues for the region and also at the international level. The meeting was also timely, given that Fiji will be represented by the President of the Republic of Fiji by H.E Ratu Epeli Nailatikau at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS in New York in June 2011. The Fiji Delegation will also consist of a representative from Persons living with HIV (PLHIV) as part of Fiji’s commitment to the GIPA (Greater Involvement of People living with HIV/AIDS).
(Photo caption: PS, Ministry of Health – Dr. Frances Bingwor and PIAF’s Mr. Ilaitia Tamata)
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