Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

UNAIDS will intensify its assistance in Nepal over the next year:

The Joint Programme will further enhance the joint UN action at country and regional level to support the national HIV/AIDS response. In order to achieve that, UNAIDS will increase the UN system capacity for a coherent and expanded response and will mainstream HIV/AIDS into UN development instruments.
It will work on a harmonized, multi-sectoral response under one national programme, coordinated by one national authority, and having one monitoring and evaluation framework (The “Three Ones“).
Furthermore, UNAIDS will give support to programming scale up by engaging broad partnerships in prevention and treatment, care and support programmes and by supporting expanded targeted interventions for most at risk populations, especially migrants and IDUs.
UNAIDS will also facilitate the provision of technical support. It will support the National HIV/AIDS Programme and partners for accessing and managing technical assistance and through technical resource facilities it will support a functional Technical Advisory Group within the framework of the UN implementation of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
It will work with civil society, organizations, including people living with HIV/AIDS, to increase their capacity and meaningful involvement in the national response.
Through the initiative, the Asia-Pacific Leadership Forum (APLF), UNAIDS will collaborate with the media, influential community leaders and the private sector to reduce stigma and discrimination and create a more supportive environment for HIV/AIDS programmes.

The following Cosponsors of UNAIDS are present in Nepal working in the sector of HIV and AIDS:

ILO

  • Gender-sensitive training and awareness-raising activities on HIV/AIDS in the world of work
  • Establishment of tripartite plus task force on HIV/AIDS in the world of work, chaired by the Ministry of Labour
  • Capacity strengthening through social dialogue and political commitment of ILO constituents on HIV/AIDS, migration and social protection
  • Development of a project on HIV/AIDS prevention in the world of work

UNDP

  • Rural urban partnership programme
  • District local governance support programme
  • HIV/AIDS Harm reduction for injecting drug users in Nepal

UNESCO

  • Community-based awareness raising on HIV/AIDS prevention through education as part of UNESCO’s integrated CLC programme
  • Research-based HIV/AIDS prevention among out-of-school street-based children

UNFPA

  • Strengthening reproductive health services
  • Adolescent reproductive health education in schools and non-formal education and family life education programme
  • Institutionalisation of reproductive health into the Women Development Programme
  • Provision of RTI/STI and HIV/AIDS services
  • Youth Friendly Services

UNHCR

  • Coordination: Coordinating HIV/AIDS activities of implementing and collaborative NGO partners, WFP and UNHCR through monthly interagency meetings chaired by UNHCR
  • Protection: prevention and response to sexual and gender based violence inside the camps
  • Health services: Safe blood supply and testing for blood transfusion; provision of condoms; syndromic STI treatment; safe deliveries; universal precautions; referral to VCT centre
  • Education: Formal education and peer education within schools; informal community education via networks of community health volunteers

UNICEF

  • HIV and AIDS within the education sector through formal education, through non-formal education and policy support to the Ministry of Education
  • Youth Friendly Access Service Center for vulnerable urban out of school young people
  • Basic awareness raising programme to reach young people with basic HIV information
  • Prevention of mother to child transmission
  • Care and support for children affected by HIV and AIDS
  • Media based education/entertainment programme
    • HIV and AIDS at the workplace

WFP

  • HIV/AIDS awareness raising workshops for health workers under the Maternal and Child Health Care project
  • Truck drivers working for WFP are provided with HIV/AIDS training
  • HIV/AIDS workplace training

WHO

World Bank

  • Budget support to the Ministry of Health and to the National Center for AIDS and STD control
  • Partial secondment of a Senior Health, Nutrition and Population specialist to the government for development of appropriate institutional arrangements for HIV/AIDS programme