Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

UNAIDS supports the HIV response in Nepal to be one with a scope, scale, intensity, quality, innovation and speed to save the maximum number of lives, to keep people healthy, and to avert as many HIV infections as possible.

UNAIDS' Vision: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths.

Mission: UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, is an innovative partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. UNAIDS fulfils 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;
  • Speaking 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.

In Nepal, UNAIDS works as a member of the UN Country Team and through the Joint UN HIV Team, within the UN Resident Coordinator System, and with Government and external and internal development partners, to drive the development and implementation of policies, strategies and plans for an effective and efficient HIV response. A key outcome of UNAIDS’ provision, mobilisation and leveraging of strategic technical assistance, both local and regional, has been the development and implementation of the “Nepal HIV Investment Plan.” The NHIP now plays a pivotal role in ensuring that current and future domestic and external resources have appropriate programme relevance, are tailored to Nepal’s HIV programme objectives and goals, and contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the entire national HIV response.

UNAIDS’ facilitation of the establishment of the public-private HIV platform “SANGAM” ensures the coming together of government and civil society partners towards a successful nationwide roll-out of Nepal’s Community Test and Treat Competence (CTTC) initiative, as part of the country’s national ‘HIV test, treat and retain’ programme  

UNAIDS strives to keep an effective and efficient HIV response on Nepal’s national agenda as a ‘national public good,’ beyond 2015, by moving from “what is known to what is done.”