HC Deb 06 March 2002 vol 381 c329W
17. Mr. Plaskitt

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what conclusions she has drawn from Senegal's fight against HIV/AIDS. [37331]

Clare Short

Senegal, like Uganda and Thailand has shown that political leadership to fighting the disease is a vital element in slowing the spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. These countries have also demonstrated the importance and effectiveness of strategies which promote awareness and behaviour change through information, education and community mobilisation; prevent infection through condom promotion and treatment of sexually transmitted infections; and support and encourage voluntary counselling and testing.