The Seychelles observed World AIDS Day on 1st December 2014. A ceremony was held at the Independence House Lobby where several partners were invited to make a pledge in support of the campaign.
Different civil society organizations were present and pledged their support and commitment to the national Test and Treat campaign.
As part of the activity, those present were invited to have their our own HIV tests done and the first to get tested was Vice President Danny Faure, followed by the Minister for Health and Bishop of the Catholic Church Mgr Denis Wiehe.
Mr Ronny Anerphy, CEPS Commissioner for Social, Education and Health pledged on behalf of the civil society to support the campaign by undertaking a national door to door testing campaign in the community starting in 2015.
The Chairperson of ASFF, WASO, AMPS and HASO also made pledges on behalf of their organization to support this campaign.
Key note from the UN Secretary General
“There are 35 million people living with HIV today, and some 19 million of them do not know they have the virus.
On this World AIDS Day, I call on world leaders to unite in our common cause. We have started to turn the tide. We have set a bold target. Let us end AIDS together by 2030.”