Mission/Vision of the UN Agency in Egypt
UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, is an innovative partnership of ten United Nations Organizations that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. UNAIDS Visions is Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS fulfills its mission by:
- Uniting the efforts of the United Nations system, civil society, national governments, the private sector, global institutions and people living with and most affected by HIV
- peaking out in solidarity with the people most affected by HIV in defense of human dignity, human rights and gender equality;
- Mobilizing political, technical, scientific and financial resources and holding ourselves and others accountable for results;
Empowering agents of change with strategic information and evidence to influence and ensure that resources are targeted where they deliver the greatest impact and bring about a prevention revolution; and
Supporting inclusive country leadership for sustainable responses that are integral to and integrated with national health and development efforts.
Main Focus Areas
Universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support is UNAIDS programmatic goal. During 2009, UNAIDS Secretariat and Cosponsors have developed a Joint Action for Results- Outcome Framework to mark a results focused approach for supporting the national response that will have a significant impact on achieving national universal access targets and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Framework builds on previous efforts to align UNAIDS agendas to provide clear deliverables, produce maximum results, use the UN comparative strengths, and support national priorities. in Egypt UNAIDS will focus its efforts on achieving results around 3 priority areas:
- Reducing sexual transmission of HIV
- Ensuring PLHIV are on treatment
- Removing punitive laws, policies, practices, stigma and discrimination that block effective responses to AIDS.
Within the overall call for UN Reform and in line with global efforts to ensure harmonization and coordination of donor assistance, A Joint UN team on HIV was convened in Egypt in 2006 formed of the technical staff working on HIV. UNAIDS coordinates a single Joint Programme of Support on HIV and AIDS which represents the entirety of UN support to the national response. The joint programme of support is based on the National Strategic Plan on HIV and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework. The Joint Programme of Support aims atsupporting the Government of Egypt in meeting its obligations under the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS (2001) and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (2000).
The current Programme of Support focuses on four outcomes:
- National strategic plan on HIV for 2011-15 is finalized and supported by a costed Operational Plan and Functioning National M & E plan
- Reduced vulnerability and risk behaviors of key populations through comprehensive HIV prevention Programmes
- Improved access to support, care, and treatment with active engagement of PLHIV
Enhanced capacity of the UN to support the HIV national response.
Key achievements of UNAIDS in Egypt:
With the support of the Joint UN Programme, Egypt has strengthened anonymous voluntary counseling and testing facilities, the provision of free antiretroviral medication for people living with HIV, peer-education programs, and small scale outreach programs for most-at-risk populations such as injecting drug users, men having sex with men and sex workers as well as in prison settings.
In spite of efforts to encourage a more multisectoral response, there is still a need to ensure wider involvement of non-health actors, as well as longer term programmes aimed at most at risk populations and a better understanding of the size and composition of such groups.
The marginalization of many at risk populations continues to pose a significant barrier to services and needs to be redressed under the lead of strong civil society groups.
UNAIDS is an innovative joint venture of the United Nations, bringing together the efforts and resources of the UNAIDS Secretariat and ten UN system organizations in the AIDS response. The Secretariat headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland—with staff on the ground in more than 80 countries. UNAIDS’ Cosponsors include UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank. In Egypt, UNAIDS is joined by UNIFEM, IOM and UNIC in addressing HIV and AIDS.
Uniting the world against AIDS