The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) UNAIDS is a co-sponsored program that coordinates the collective efforts of 11 UN agencies and The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria to advance global goal for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support and to halt and reverse the spread of HIV. The 11 co-sponsors are – UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF,WFP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO, and the World Bank. UNAIDS is providing technical and financial support to Sudan to fast track the national response to reach global commitment of 90-90-90 by 2020 and AIDS free generation by 2030.
UNAIDS strategy is built around human rights and gender equality. “It is about a people-centred approach grounded in social justice, dignity, equity, inclusiveness and the principle that no one will be left behind”. The Fast-Track approach “is an agenda for quickening the pace of implementation, and it involves setting ambitious targets and accelerating the delivery of high-impact HIV prevention and treatment services.”
Fast-Track drives the 90–90–90 targets: that by 2020, 90% of people living with HIV know their HIV status, 90% of people who know their status are receiving treatment and 90% of people on HIV treatment have a suppressed viral load so their immune system remains strong and the likelihood of their infection being passed on is greatly reduced.
UNAIDS Joint Programme with co-sponsors aim is to achieve national commitment to three zeros - “Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination, Zero AIDS-related deaths”, and accelerating access to treatment to all HIV infected people by coordinating external support, technical and financial, to the national programme.
UNAIDS Presence Sudan
UNAIDS started its work in Sudan in 1998. It provides technical and advocacy support to the national program, national strategy development, national resource mobilisation efforts, and to the Global Fund funded HIV programs to meet national objectives in prevention, treatment, care, and support as well as contributing to national and civil society capacity building. It is contributing to national M&E strengthening and enhancing national capacity for data collection for evidenced-based interventions. UNAIDS provides technical assistance from the headquarters and regional office on various aspects of AIDS response in Sudan.
Sudan is stepping up its response to HIV/AIDS by integrating services within the national health system, national health financing, and health service delivery for sustainable national response to HIV/AIDS. The national program is supported by political leadership to increase access to treatment for HIV positive (i) children, (ii) pregnant women, (iii) young people, (iv) high risk groups, and (v) adults. While the treatment coverage is low, the national program has ambitious plan to fast track access to services through integrated health service delivery. Extensive community mobilisation and political advocacy are now planned with civil society organisations.