Haiti - Health : Sophia Martelly, new President of CCM
The First Lady, by this new function, becomes the main guarantor of the proper functioning of this body, which brings together various sectors of Haitian society. She will lead the delegations of CCM-Haiti in front of the Global Fund and other partners or public authorities, and will represent the institution with Justice and third parties, and in all acts of the civil life.
The various bilateral sectors, religious, union, multilateral, government and local NGOs, represented, welcomed the new task of Sophia Martelly who, for her part, wishes the cooperation of everyone, including the new Vice-Presidents elected, Edner Boucicaut and Esther Boucicault Stanislas in favor of the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
"Let's get together to eliminate these diseases and all forms of discrimination against those infected" recommended Ms. Martelly, in the presence of Ministers of Health, Dr. Florence Duperval Guillaume, of Social Affairs and Labor, Me François Richel Lafaille and of the Education, Mr. Reginald Paul.
The First Lady, will be surrounded in her new position by two former members of the Bureau who know the area. Edner Boucicaut, the first Vice President was the arm of the former owner ; Esther Stanislas which is the President of the Haitian Platform of Associations of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PVVIH), was extended to this function. PVVIH's rights activist, she was the first woman with HIV to publicly declare her HIV status.
The Bureau headed by Ms. Martelly, succeeds to that of Arnoux Descardes who spent two years to structure this body responsible to deal with the large projects against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. Funded by the Global Fund, created in 2001 to the call of UN Secretary General at the time, Kofi Annan, while the pandemic raged worldwide.
In June 2011, the First Lady, who heads a large delegation, took part in the UN Special Session on HIV in New York. She had clearly announced she would take an active part in the fight against the spread of the AIDS virus. This new Bureau will have the difficult task to complete by December 1 of this year the proposal of the Phase 2 of the Rolling Continuation Channel (RCC-2) of Haiti which remains the major part of funding of the treatment and of the prevention of HIV/AIDS with the PEPFAR of the U.S. government.
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