Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
Financing the Response to HIV in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: International Assistance from Donor Governments in 2012
As the United Nations General Assembly prepares to meet in New York in September 2013, with progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on the agenda, it is important for the global HIV community to take stock of international efforts to finance the response to the epidemic. The world has marshaled significant resources to address HIV over the past decade, helping to achieve incredible results – since the MDGs were first launched in 2001, according to UNAIDS estimates, the number of people newly infected with HIV has dropped by 33% and access to antiretrovirals has increased more than 20-fold, reaching 9.7 million by the end of 2012.
PEPFAR’s Best Practices for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Site Operations: A Service Guide for Site Operations
This guide provides implementing partners with a comprehensive and consistent process for establishing new VMMC services for HIV prevention. It draws upon numerous documents developed by UNAIDS/WHO and the PEPFAR VMMC Technical Working Group. This guide also builds on the experiences and materials from existing VMMC programs in southern and eastern Africa. The scope of this document is limited to establishing and supporting quality VMMC services for HIV prevention at the facility or VMMC site level. The necessary steps involved in scaling up VMMC services at the national, regional, and district levels are beyond the scope of this document.
The UN Platform on Social Determinants of Health is an informal mechanism to provide coordinated support to Member States with implementation of the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health. The Platform also advocate s placing the social determinants of health highly on the global development agenda, and fostering coherent action on the social determinants of health. Currently, the platform involves staff from ILO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and UNAIDS.
Making it work: Lessons learnt from three regional workshops to integrate human rights into national HIV strategic plans
To strengthen the rights-based national response to HIV, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), with the technical support of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance), initiated a project in 2011 to help national stakeholders (national AIDS programme managers, officials from ministries of health, gender and justice, civil society representatives, members of affected communities and UN staff) integrate human rights programmes into National Strategic Plans (NSPs). This brief report outlines some short term outcomes and lessons learnt from this initiative.
Financing the Response to AIDS in Low- and Middle- Income Countries: International Assistance from Donor Governments in 2011
UNAIDS and the Kaiser Family Foundation have been tracking donor government assistance for AIDS in low- and middle- income countries since 2002. This latest report provides data from governments for 2011, the most recent year with comparable data available across donors. As it shows, international assistance rose sharply from 2002 through 2008, the period just before the onset of the economic crisis. It then began to flatten and, last year, for the first time, disbursements declined. The current report finds that although funding has gone back up, it remains at 2008 levels. If such trends continue, reaching the UN Political Declaration investment target of $22-24 billion needed by 2015 could be at risk.
This report highlights the role that the Technical Support Facilities (TSF) have played in Africa and Asia to strengthen countries capacities to fund, plan, manage and coordinate effective, larger scale HIV programs. Established by UNAIDS in 2005, the TSFs have provided support to over 70 countries through 50,000 days of technical assistance and capacity development.
In order to help countries produce standardized reports to effectively measure the state of the epidemic, UNAIDS has released the new guidelines on Global AIDS Response Progress Reporting 2012. The guidelines outline a set of core global indicators designed to help countries assess the current state of their national AIDS response and progress made in achieving their national HIV targets. They will contribute to a better understanding of the global AIDS response, including progress towards meeting the global targets set in the 2011 Political Declaration as well as the Millennium Development Goals.
Financing the Response to AIDS in Low- and Middle- Income Countries: International Assistance from Donor Governments in 2010
The last decade saw a dramatic rise in resources devoted to addressing the HIV epidemic in low- and middle- income countries, contributing to significant scale up of treatment and prevention efforts. In marking the 30th year of the epidemic, UNAIDS recently reported that treatment access had increased more than 20 times and new infections fell by nearly 25% over the decade.1