11 year old Elijah Lemayan, last month, received a standing ovation at the United Nations General Assembly after he shared his heartbreaking story on living with HIV/AIDS.
Lemayan shared his experience and challenges and those faced by other young people who are living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya.
UNAIDS Director, Mr Michel Sidibe, said he invited Lemayan to the UN Headquarters after he met him in Nairobi with President Kenyatta and was moved by his story.
“I was moved to tears by his moving story and I told him he must come to New York and share his story with the whole world and not with Kenyans alone,” said Mr Sidibe.
Kenya will spearhead efforts to keep HIV medication affordable and will make it a big agenda at the upcoming World Trade Organisation Summit that will be held in Nairobi in December.
President Uhuru Kenyatta made the announcement on Sunday when he chaired a high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
President Kenyatta said governments must ensure HIV commodities, particularly anti-retroviral medication, continue to be available at affordable prices.
“Since HIV treatment is for life, there is need to safeguard and extend HIV related trade and intellectual property flexibilities,” said the president in his speech.
He added that Africa was on its way to start production of ARVs following a resolution reached through an African Union plan to end HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
He also called for increased financing to bring HIV/AIDS to an end and added that Kenya’s commitment to this goal was proven.
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