UNDP has released its new HIV, Health and Development Strategy 2016-2021: Connecting the Dots. The strategy elaborates UNDP's work on HIV and health in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNDP has an important role in supporting health outcomes by helping countries to address the social, cultural and economic determinants of HIV and health, in partnership with UN entities and other organizations. This is done through UNDP's core work in reducing inequalities and social exclusion that drive HIV and poor health, promoting effective and inclusive governance for health, and building resilient and sustainable systems for health. UNDP also contributes through its coordinating and convening role in bringing together multiple partners and resources at national and local levels.
New York - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund have signed a new US$7 million grant to enhance access to HIV services in eight Caribbean countries – Belize, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The funds will focus on promoting and protecting human rights and access to HIV services for key populations such as men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, marginalized young people and those using drugs, all of whom often bear the highest burden of HIV infection in the region.
Significant progress has been made to address the HIV epidemic in the Caribbean as new infections have decreased by 49% between 2001 and 2012. However, while the regional HIV prevalence rate is 1%, this figure is drastically on the rise among the key populations who continue to be disproportionately affected. WHO estimates that between 40% and 50% of all new HIV infections among adults worldwide may occur from among the very disproportionately affected key populations and their immediate partners. This is also the reality in the Caribbean and has led to countries reclassifying the epidemic as being both general and concentrated.
This World AIDS Day serves as a reminder of the urgent need to come together as a global community and recommit ourselves to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030—one of the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
AIDS continues to be one of the leading causes of death worldwide. UNAIDS warns that in spite of the progress made over the past 15 years, our job is far from done. While nearly fifty per cent of people living with HIV are currently accessing antiretroviral therapy, 18.5 million people are still in need of treatment.
Declines in new HIV infection rates among adults have stalled, and infection rates are climbing in some regions. In 2015 nearly 7500 young women aged 15-24 years acquired HIV every week. These trends suggest that HIV prevention efforts are falling short. There continues to be a lack of funding for human rights programming to address punitive legal environments, stigma and discrimination, and other human rights barriers which often prevent people, especially the most marginalized, from accessing health services.
By Helen Clark & Michel Sidibé
Clark and Sidibé explain how the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS delivers results through strategic partnerships across the AIDS response.
On World AIDS Day, we mourn the tragic loss of 1.1 million people to AIDS this year, and reiterate that we must all redouble our efforts to prevent the estimated 6000 new HIV infections which continue to occur each day. Today we gather our strength to confront new and continuing challenges, for the future of AIDS — and of UNAIDS.
We are worried about rising levels of new HIV infections in some parts of the world, and declining funding from some sources. One thing is clear: the end of AIDS is achievable, but not near. So how do we continue to deliver results for people?
UNDP has released a new Issue Brief, titled Advancing Human Rights, Equality and Inclusive Governance to End AIDS. The Issue Brief provides a short overview of the report of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law and a snapshot of outcomes that it has contributed to.
Despite the significant progress in scaling up work on HIV human rights, violations and stigma remain serious barriers to better HIV and health responses. Greater focus on protecting, upholding and fulfilling the rights of people living with HIV and those most affected is essential for delivering on the pledge made by Member States in Agenda 2030 to leave no one behind.
The Global Commission on HIV and the law issued its landmark report in July 2012 and made several recommendations how the law can be used to respond to HIV in an evidence informed, rights based manner. Since the release of the Global Commission's report, UNDP, working in partnership with UN Member States, civil society, UNAIDS cosponsors, the UNAIDS Secretariat, and other partners has supported the advancement of the Commission's recommendations in at least 88 countries.