He congratulated Ukraine for being the first country in Eastern Europe to reduce new HIV infections and praised the country’s leadership in the AIDS response.
During the meeting, the two leaders discussed the recently developed National AIDS Programme for 2014-2018 which is expected to be endorsed by the Parliament of Ukraine in the coming months. The Programme contains a number of ambitious goals, including the significant scaling up of antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV and a major increase in government funding.
Mr Sidibé expressed the hope that the country will sustain and build on the recent progress and ensure the long term sustainability of HIV services in Ukraine by taking full national ownership of the HIV response.
Ukraine is experiencing one of the most severe HIV epidemics in Eastern Europe, the region of the world which continues to have the largest increase in HIV incidence.
"I salute Dr Bakhteeva's pivotal leadership in the Ukrainian Parliament in promoting Ukraine as a model national AIDS response in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States."
Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director
"We are not consoled by our progress and we must redouble our efforts so that people will not fear coming forward to be tested for HIV or to access life-saving services for HIV prevention, treatment and support."
Tatiana Bahteeva, Head of the Health Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament