Senior UNDP policy advisors on Parliamentary Development and HIV, Health and Development, including Charles Chauvel, former Commissioner of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, recently completed a joint mission to Jamaica as part of follow up work on the recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. The mission was conducted to promote and build on efforts already underway in the country on parliamentary implementation of legal reform as well as to contribute to development of a strategy to strengthen parliamentary engagement on HIV and the law, which is due to be completed within this year.
HIV and the law: Protecting the rights of people living with HIV in Ukraine Published on Thursday, 19 September 2013 01:23 Aigul Mukanova (in makeup) at a flashmob to raise awareness about human rights in Ukraine, June 2012 [Originally published…
New York, 5 September 2013—Experts this week called for new measures to get costly, life-saving HIV drugs to some 16 million people in developing countries who need them, following calls by a high-level Commission to make them more affordable in poor countries. “While intellectual property protections are intended to provide an incentive for innovation, the evidence shows that excessive protection hinders access to affordable HIV treatment and other essential medicines,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark told participants at a meeting convened by UNDP and the UNAIDS Secretariat. Some 30 experts met here this week to discuss ways to advance 2012 recommendations by the independent Global Commission on HIV and the Law on improving access to treatment.
Q: Why do you think it’s important to work on human rights, stigma and discrimination issues in the context of HIV?
Anna Kryukova: Everybody has an equal right to medical care and should be comfortable when applying for medical care. We have to make sure we are comfortable and protected in our country. So, this is very an important issue. It’s important to work with doctors, nurses, and service providers too.
Q: From international experience, when there are human rights violations, people who need access to HIV services don’t have access because either they are afraid to access those services or because of they are drug users, sex workers, or men who have sex with men. What do you think?
AK: Yes, many people encounter barriers while accessing healthcare services because they belong to a vulnerable population that is stigmatized and discriminated against.
Laws which safeguard dignity, health and justice are essential to effective HIV responses. This was one of the main messages of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, an independent panel of eminent legal, political and public health experts convened by UNDP on behalf of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS.
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