UNESCO unveils new strategy on HIV and AIDS
The revised UNESCO Strategy on HIV and AIDS was launched on Monday, 10 October 2011. It builds on UNESCO’s existing strategy to promote HIV prevention education and a comprehensive HIV and AIDS response around the world. UNESCO is a co-sponsoring organization of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, and leads the promotion of comprehensive education sector responses to HIV.
The new strategy for HIV and AIDS articulates UNESCO’s contribution to the UNAIDS objectives outlined in the strategy Getting to Zero, and calls for the need to accelerate universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. It acknowledges that the global AIDS epidemic is changing; treatment is helping people live longer and healthier lives with HIV, and now is the time for context-specific, targeted approaches based on evidence and good practice.
The Organization will be placing greater emphasis on HIV prevention in the context of wider health promotion to ensure that all girls and boys, and young women and men, have access to comprehensive HIV education. The Strategy continues on UNESCO’s existing work and outlines three priority areas:
- Building country capacity for effective and sustainable education responses to HIV;
- Strengthening comprehensive HIV and sexuality education;
- Advancing gender equality and protecting human rights.