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UN launches innovative plan to significantly cut new HIV infections

UN launches innovative plan to significantly cut new HIV infections

Despite a 50 per cent drop in AIDS-related deaths since the peak of the epidemic, new HIV infection declines among adults are lagging, prompting the United Nations to launch a 10-point plan that lays out immediate, concrete steps countries can take to accelerate progress.

While new HIV infections among children have fallen by 47 per cent since 2010, new HIV infections among adults have declined by only 11 per cent.

The HIV prevention 2020 road map contains a 10-point action plan that lays out immediate, concrete steps for countries to accelerate progress, such as conducting up-to-date analysis to assess where maximum impact opportunities lie; developing guidance to identify gaps and actions for rapid scale-up; and addressing legal and policy barriers to reach the people most affected by HIV, including young people and key populations.

Ten point Plan for accelerating HIV prevention:

  1. Conduct a strategic assessment of key prevention needs and identify policies and program barriers to progress.
  2. Develop or Revise national targets and road maps for HIV Prevention 2020.
  3. Strengthen national prevention leadership and make institutional changes to enhance HIV prevention oversight and management.
  4. Introduce the necessary policy and legal changes to create an enabling environment for prevention programs.
  5.  Develop guidance, formulate intervention packages and identify service delivery platforms, and update operational plans.
  6. Develop consolidated prevention capacity building and a technical assistance plan.
  7. Establish or strengthen social contracting mechanism for civil society implementers and expand community – based program
  8. Assess Available resources for prevention and develop a strategy to close financing gap.
  9. Establish or strengthen HIV prevention program monitoring systems.
  10. Strengthen accountability for prevention, including all stakeholders.

Concerted efforts will be needed, including to reach adolescent girls, young women and their male partners; to increase the availability and uptake of condoms; and to ensure that preventative medicines are available to people at higher risk of HIV.

The road map encourages countries to develop a 100-day plan for immediate actions, including setting national targets, reviewing progress made, reassessing national prevention programmes and taking immediate remedial action.

 

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