UNAIDS Launches Coalition to Step Up Commitment to HIV Prevention. 10/10/2017

Published by AIDSALLIANCE

Today marks the launch of the UNAIDS Global HIV Prevention Coalition, demonstrating a renewed commitment to HIV prevention.

<p>Members of civil society organisations gather in Cape Town to discuss a renewed commitment to HIV prevention in advance of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition launch.</p>Members of civil society organisations gather in Cape Town to discuss the role of communities in HIV prevention, in advance of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition launch. © Alliance

The Alliance is an active member of and contributor to this Coalition, with civil society representatives including directors of two Alliance Linking Organisations – Rumah Cemara and Alliance for Public Health – attending the meeting.

Alongside them, we are proud that Nevala Kayando, who is a Y+ representative for Tanzania and member of READY+, will be speaking about 'Preventing HIV: Why education matters'.

The Coalition will launch a HIV Prevention 2020 Road Map [1] containing commitments and milestones, which will be reported on annually until 2020. The Road Map will form the basis of a country-led movement to scale up HIV prevention programmes as part of the commitment to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

To ensure civil society representation from multiple countries in these plans, the Alliance held a meeting in August with members of civil society including Alliance Linking Organisations and partners to share and discuss their HIV prevention needs and goals. The outcomes of this meeting, as well as UNAIDS country consultations in 20 Fast Track countries were used to develop the Road Map.

The Alliance believes that a community-led response is integral to achieving the HIV prevention goal of reducing new infections by 75% (from 2010 figures) by 2020. Alongside this, we believe a person-centred approach to HIV programming, and a combination approach to HIV prevention is vital.

The Coalition launch in Geneva will generate discussions about how we can strengthen leadership and accountability for HIV prevention, as well as how we move from commitment to action, as set out in the Road Map. We champion this renewed commitment to prioritise prevention in the global HIV response.

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