Wednesday, August 17, 2022

UNAIDS board closes with key decisions on strengthening global HIV response

The 50th meeting of the UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board (PCB), which began on 21 June, seeks to strengthen access to HIV services for those most vulnerable to the HIV pandemic and help close the funding gap in the global HIV response. ended with. Including funding for UNAIDS.

Lack of funding in the global HIV response is limiting progress in key areas, particularly for vulnerable groups of people. At the end of 2020, only US$21.5 billion were available for HIV response in low- and middle-income countries—up from the US$29 billion needed by 2025 to be on track to end the AIDS epidemic as a global health crisis. very less. danger by 2030. Similarly, UNAIDS’s capacity has been eroded by under-funding of the Integrated Budget, Outcomes and Accountability Framework (UBRF). To achieve progress, save lives and ensure that people with and at risk of HIV have access to the services and resources they need, the global AIDS response must be fully revamped.

In his opening remarks for the meeting, UNAIDS Executive Director, Winnie Byanyama, described the AIDS response as one of grave stress with the fresh challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the economic crisis. However, she said she is confident the Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026, which focuses on closing the inequalities driving the pandemic, can address these crises if fully revived.

The PCB noted the UNAIDS budget constraints and the challenging resource mobilization environment and called on donor governments to quickly release and make multi-year contributions to UBRAF 2022-2026, and in their contribution to a stronger UNAIDS facility. Called for strong consideration of growth. Response to the global AIDS strategy.

It also requested the expeditious setting up of an informal inclusive working team consisting of interested PCB members, supervisors, sponsors, PCB NGO representatives and other stakeholders to provide options for resolving the immediate funding crisis for the 2022-2023 biennial and PCB to be reported back to the Bureau. By the end of July 2022 on the results and recommendations of these discussions. Ahead of the next UNAIDS structured financing talks, it called on the PCB Bureau to use the informal multistakeholder task team to develop recommendations on voluntary-based sustainable funding of UBRAF, which will be presented and discussed at the next PCB in December 2022 .

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During the meeting, pledges to increase funding for UNAIDS were welcomed. The United Kingdom announced an increase in its funding to £8 million for 2022, up from £2.5 million in 2021. In doing so, the UK emphasized the importance of adequate, predictable and timely funding to enable UNAIDS to fulfill its mandate. In addition, Germany will increase its contribution to €6 million from the first €5 million in UNAIDS recognition for its work to help maintain HIV and other health services in conflict situations around the world, including in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Members also warmly acknowledged the United States contribution of an additional US$5 million to UNAIDS work, taking its contribution to US$50 million.

In his remarks to the PCB, the Executive Director of the Global Fund, Peter Sands, emphasized the importance of the 7th Replenishment Meeting of the Global Fund to be held in the United States in September, aimed at continuing the organization to the US$18 billion target. Have to reach Work. Mr. Sands also called for fully funding UNAIDS.

“Financing the entire AIDS response to end AIDS by 2030 means fully funding all partners,” said Mr. Sands. “UNAIDS presence at the country level assists in full grant development and implementation, ensuring that countries’ proposals for Global Fund programs are well-designed based on science, providing critical real-time data , and help governments make significant enabling policy and program changes and address bottlenecks, critical to ensuring that the Global Fund’s work is successful. To enable us, fund us and UNAIDS. As a whole “

John Nkengsong, US Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for the Global Health Diplomacy, said in his first public appearance since his position was confirmed by the United States Senate in May that it was important for both the Global Fund and UNAIDS to be fully funded. To secure further progress against the HIV epidemic.

“Global funds are essential. UNAIDS is essential. These institutions are as important to each other as they are to the countries they support.”

Ms Byanima updated the PCB on the actions taken in three global strategic initiatives: Education Plus, the Coalition to Eliminate HIV in Children and the 10-10-10 Goals from the Political Declaration. Drawing her attention to the war in Ukraine, Ms Byanima said that UNAIDS has worked closely with the Ukrainian government, communities, civil society and partners, including the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and AIDS, Tuberculosis (AIDS). and the Global Fund to Fight Malaria. that an adequate supply of HIV drugs had reached Ukrainians inside and outside the country.

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Ms Byanima said scientific advances in the AIDS response have the potential to save many more lives if inequalities in access can be addressed.

“Recent scientific developments, such as long-acting HIV technologies, hold great potential. UNAIDS is building a coalition for access to long-acting injections and to advance this will be supported by sponsors, scientists, private individuals, and others. actively engaging with the region and civil society.

However, it told board members that the expected progress on the waiver of the TRIPS agreement at the recent WTO meeting had not been made.

“Global rules of business and intellectual property allow for-profit companies to set public health policy during global health emergencies. And they are choosing to make profits rather than save lives,” Ms. Byanama said.

The PCB concluded with a thematic section titled Positive Education: Harnessing the Power of Education to End HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination and Empowering Youth Living with HIV, including the need to end HIV-related stigma. The need included a powerful contribution of youth representatives. Discrimination and the importance of comprehensive sexuality education.

The board members agreed that the 51st meeting of the PCB should be held in Bangkok, Thailand in December 2022.

UNAIDS

The United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 United Nations organizations – UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank – and global and national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. works together with. part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more at unaids.org

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