KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND CHILD CARE OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE HON Dr P. D PARIRENYATWA AT THE 2014 WORLD AIDS DAY COMMEMORATION AT ELEPHANT HILLS RESORT GOLF COURSE, VICTORIA FALLS ON DECEMBER 1, 2014:
Let me begin by extending our warmest welcome to our fellow African brothers and sisters who have come to Zimbabwe to participate in this very important African Continental World AIDS Day commemoration. I also am honoured to welcome those that have come from other parts of the world and organisations to be with us as we demonstrate our unity and solidarity as Africans in confronting a common threat to our survival.
Compared with other continents, Africa remains the epicentre of the AIDS pandemic with disproportionate numbers of people living with HIV and those newly infected every year. The situation has been exacerbated by the recent resurgence of Ebola particularly in West Africa, with a real threat to envelope the entire continent. These two public health emergencies are exerting insurmountable pressure on our health delivery systems. The responsibility to address these challenges is primarily our own as Africans. Our commemorations this year are guided by the African Union Commission theme, which reads: Getting to Zero in Africa - Africa’s responsibility, Everyone’s responsibility.