The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS, UNAIDS, is the UN’s main advocate for accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the HIV/AIDS epidemic.UNAIDS is a critical leader in the international HIV response. A unique and innovative partnership within the UN, it draws on the comparative advantages of each agency and advocates for coordinated and targeted action to specific challenges of the HIV epidemic.
What is our mandate
The UNAIDS Secretariat helps to co-ordinate United Nations (UN) action on HIV at global, regional and country levels and aims to support countries to halt and reverse the spread of HIV.UNAIDS’ mission is to lead, strengthen and support an expanded response to HIV/AIDS that includes preventing transmission, providing care and support to those living with HIV, reducing vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV and alleviating the impact of the epidemic. UNAIDS has five goals:1.Leadership and advocacy for effective action on the epidemic;2.Strategic information and technical support to guide efforts against AIDS worldwide;3.Tracking, monitoring and evaluation of the epidemic and responses to it ;4.Civil society engagement and development of strategic partnerships;5.Mobilisation of resources to support an effective response.
What do we do
The UNAIDS Strategy 2011-2015 aims to advance global progress in achieving country-set targets for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care. Additionally support is provided to contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The strategy is a roadmap for the Joint Programme with concrete goals established to achieve the UNAIDS vision of “Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths.”The UNAIDS Country Office contributes to the Joint UN Programme of Support for AIDS in Namibia to support an inclusive and multi-sectoral national AIDS response guided by National Framework for HIV and AIDS (NSF) 2010/11-2016/17. The Country Office’s specific thematic areas of work include:1)Providing technical and advocacy support to strengthen country ownership and to improve
effectiveness, financial and programmatic sustainability of the national AIDS response.2)Advocating for high level political commitment to scale up high-impact interventions including treatment, eMTCT, male circumcision, scale up of HIV testing and counselling, behaviour change and condom programming and the reduction of vulnerability of women and girls.3)Supporting the country to reach its target of eliminating Mother to Child Transmission (eMTCT) by 2015/16 which includes promoting action to strengthen integration between HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as reduce the vulnerability of women and girls to HIV and gender based violence.4)Providing technical and advocacy support to foster a “prevention revolution” whereby vulnerable and key populations (young people, sex workers, men who have sex with men and residents of informal settlements) have improved access to resources and HIV prevention services. 5)Advocating for and supporting the delivery of Comprehensive Sexuality education for young people both in and out of school and supporting HIV prevention through sport through the “Protect the Goal” campaign.6)Facilitating the generation of quality data and strategic information on the epidemic and the response to ensure the scale up of the response is based on the latest evidence of what works and how to sustain it. 7)Capacitating people living with HIV (PLHIV), key populations and civil society to advocate for the removal of legal and policy barriers that hinder their access to equitable, non-stigmatising HIV services and limit the effectiveness of the national response.UNAIDS, through the UN Joint Programme of Support for AIDS (JPS) is committed to supporting Namibia to focus investment on programmes that will make the most impact towards achieving zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths.
Dr. Tharcisse Barihuta joined UNAIDS in 2009 as the first UNAIDS Country Coordinator in Djibouti and was appointed UNAIDS Country Director in Namibia in August 2013. Under Dr Tharcisse Barihuta, the UNAIDS office and UN joint Team on HIV/AIDS in Djibouti were established.
The First Lady of Namibia at the 70th World Health Assembly
UNAIDS Namibia: The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Mr. Michel Sidibé, invited the First Lady of Namibia, Madame Monica Geingos, to attend the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland in her capacity as UNAIDS Special Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls, during his recent mission to Namibia in April.
Working as one to promote men’s access to health services
UNAIDS: The City of Windhoek (CoW) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOHSS) and UNAIDS committed to advocate for better health engagement by men and to continue fighting towards ending AIDS by 2030.On 19 July 2017, under the leadership of the Mayor of CoW, His Worship, Cllr. Muesee Kazapua, men from all over Windhoek engaged with each other through a dialogue regarding uptake of health services and addressing barriers that they face in accessing health and HIV/AIDS services.Evidence indicates that men’s access, participation and utilisation of health and HIV services is lagging behind and is an issue of concern globally, regionally and nationally. Tharcisse Barihuta, the UNAIDS Country Director in Namibia, explained that this campaign aims at taking HIV/AIDS out of isolation, while recognising and understanding that male engagement as clients of services, partners and agents of change for better access to services.
FLON leads #BeFree movement
UNAIDS: As a UNAIDS Special Advocate for Adolescents Girls and Young Women, the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia (FLON), Madame Monica Geingos continues to champion the Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free agenda through her #BeFree movement and has done tremendous work with students, parents, life skills teachers, social workers, nurses and police officers.The intention of #BeFree is to create a non-judgemental, inclusive platform which encourages honest and robust dialogue and information-sharing between all parties on challenges that hold young people back.
Stakeholders brainstorm on accelerating implementation of
HIV prevention in Namibia
Stakeholders met on 21 September 2017 to discuss the HIV combination prevention roadmap for Namibia and disseminate the draft National HIV Strategic Framework (NSF) for 2017-2022. The NSF, once approved, will serve as the strategic guidance for scaling up HIV services in order to achieve the Fast Track targets set out in the 2016 Political Declaration.
UNAIDS encourages journalists to champion HIV prevention
As part of the 5th Africa Digitalisation Conference and the 26th Annual General Conference, which took place from 25-29 September 2017, UNAIDS raised awareness among student journalists of the media’s role in ending HIV/AIDS transmission by 2030, in line with national development agendas and the global Fast Track targets.Specifically, the media is crucial in sharing health and HIV/AIDS prevention messages to a large audience through mass communication channels, including broadcast, print and social media.
Windhoek – Together with the world, Namibia commemorated World AIDS Day 2017 on December 1, 2017. This year’s main event took place in Katima Mulilo, with the theme “Right to Health” focusing on strengthening cross border collaboration with its neighbouring countries Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Namibia commemorates World AIDS Day
throughout the country
Namibia participates in COP 2018 Review Meeting
19-24 February, Johannesburg: A Namibian team composed of participants from the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), civil society organisations (CSOs), U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USAID, and UNAIDS participated in the Country Operational Plan (COP) 2018 Review Meeting.
Men encouraged to be agents of change in fight against
12 March, Windhoek: The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), UNAIDS, and the City of Windhoek held a National Consultation on Male Engagement on HIV and SRH. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss how men can actively be involved in the elimination of AIDS and have better access to HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services as clients, partners and agents of change, especially within the five main localities of Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Katima Mulilo and Gobabis.
Social protection systems evaluated at national workshop
16-17 April, Namibia: The Government of Republic of Namibia (GRN) and UNAIDS held the Namibian HIV and Social Protection Assessment National Consultative Workshop from 16-17 April. It was aimed at documenting HIV-sensitivity, barriers, and solutions to accessing existing social protection programmes. The workshop implemented a globally standardised tool to document HIV sensitivity within the social protection landscape in the country.