WHO Technical Assistance to HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in India
TOWARDS UNIVERSAL ACCESS: SCALING UP PRIORITY HIV/AIDS INTERVENTIONS IN THE HEALTH SECTOR
In 2005, leader of the G8 countries agree to work with WHO, UNAIDS and other international bodies to develop and implement a package for HIV prevention, treatment and care, with the aim of as close as possible to universal access to treatment for all who need it by 2010. This goal is endorsed by the United Nations Member States at the High-Level Plenary meeting of the 60th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2005. At the June 2006 General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS, United Nations Member States agreed to work towards the broad goal of “universal access to comprehensive prevention programmes, treatment, care and support” by 2010.
Working towards universal access is a very ambitious challenge for the international community, and will require the commitment and involvement of all stakeholders, including governments, donors, international agencies, researchers and affected communities. Among the most important priorities is the strengthening of health services so that they are able to provide a comprehensive range of HIV/AIDS services to all those who need them.
History of WHO support to HIV/AIDS in India.
WHO’s HIV/AIDS work for the period 2006-2010 is structured around five strategic directions:
Enabling people to know their status through confidential HIV testing and counseling
Maximizing the health sector’s contribution to HIV prevention
Accelerating the scale-up of HIV/AIDS treatment and care
Strengthening decentralization and expanding health systems
Investing in strategic information to guide a more effective response
Following the launch of The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in 1996, WHO shares the responsibility of assistance to HIV control with other UN partners, coordinated by UNAIDS. Other Co-sponsors of UNAIDS are: UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, ILO, UNESCO and World Bank. WHO provides technical assistance to CHARCA, a joint UN initiative to address the vulnerable community at district level. Currently, WHO is providing technical support to the AusAID funded HIV/AIDS programme for the North East states (Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram).
With the launch of NACP-3, WHO provides technical support and capacity building in the key programme areas above in support of GOI, complementing the work of other UN partners and donors.
HIV/AIDS related links
WHO South-East Asia Regional Office
National Aids Control Organization, India
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Clinton Foundation India