UN Cares is the UN system-wide worldwide programme on HIV, launched by the Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in 2007. It is designed to reduce the impact of HIV in the workplace by supporting “universal access” to a comprehensive range of benefits for all UN personnel and their families – including prevention, treatment, care and support.
These benefits, known as the UN Cares 10 Minimum standards, include information and education, voluntary counselling and testing, access to male and female condoms, and emergency prevention measures in case of accidental exposure, among others. The Standards also call for increased measures to stop stigma and discrimination.
The UN Cares Inter-Agency Team in Nepal was established in 2008 and is currently formed of 24 members from 16 UN agencies and entities (ILO, RCO, UN Dispensary, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNDSS, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN-HABITAT, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNICEF-ROSA, UN Women, UNODC, WFP, WHO). The Team is established under the leadership and guidance of UN Resident Coordinator. It’s elected Chair represents the Team as required at the Nepal Joint UN HIV Team meetings to ensure updates and information sharing with the agencies’ HIV focal point. The Team seeks technical support from the Nepal Joint UN HIV Team through the UNAIDS Secretariat.
The overall goal of the UN Cares Team is to ensure that all UN staff members are able to make informed decisions to protect themselves from HIV and, in the event that they are infected or affected by HIV, to ensure that they have access to the best possible treatment and support. This includes a supportive and compassionate work environment, free of stigma and discrimination.
The Team organizes and facilitates HIV-related workplace learning and orientation activities and disseminates learning materials and tools, manages condom dispensers as well as the Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) kits in forty different outlets around the country and trains the PEP starter kit custodians. The funding of the activities is managed by operations management team (OMT).