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.