Foundations of HIV and AIDS activities in UNAMID
HIV and AIDS interventions in peace keeping operations are supported by the UNSCR 1308 (17th July 2000) and the UNSCR 1983 (June 2011) to prevent the transmission of HIV among peacekeepers and surrounding communities by means of interventions that raise the level of awareness on HIV prevention. In addition, there was the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV and AIDS on 27 June 2001: The UN GA special session on HIV and AIDS adopted a declaration of commitment which calls on all United Nations agencies, regional and international organizations, as well as non-governmental organizations involved with the provision and delivery of international assistance to countries and regions affected by conflicts, humanitarian crises or natural disasters, to incorporate as a matter of urgency HIV and AIDS prevention, care and awareness elements into their plans and programmes and provide HIV and AIDS awareness and training to their personnel.”
Vision of HIV and AIDS Unit in UNAMID
A mission that has made a significant contribution in the response against HIV and AIDS
To make accessible HIV and AIDS related services to all mission personnel through interventions like awareness raising, peer education, Voluntary Confidential Counseling and Testing (VCCT)
The team of HIV and AIDS Unit
The team of HIV and AIDS Unit has 7 staff members which include, the Head Quarters, comprising of the Chief HIV and AIDS Adviser, and the Team Assistant. In addition, there is also a HIV/AIDS Officer (NPO) in each sector.
Main Activities and Services Offered by HIV/AIDS Unit
- HIV sensitization to all UN personnel including military, police and civilian including induction, Awareness on HIV in the Workplace Program, peer education, and VCCT.
- HIV Voluntary Confidential Counselling and Testing (VCCT) services to all UN personnel
- Ensuring access to HIV prevention material like male and female condoms, and Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
- Establish a mission wide network of HIV and AIDS focal points / peer educators
- Advocacy and dissemination of information, education and communication (IEC) materials on HIV and AIDS including campaigns like the 16 Days of Activism and events such as World AIDS Day, UN Day, UN Peacekeepers’ Day, and International Women’s Day.
- HIV and AIDS induction sessions to all new mission personnel.
- HIV and AIDS capacity building trainings including Awareness on the HIV in the Workplace Program, peer education and VCCT
- HIV Voluntary Confidential Counselling and Testing (VCCT) for mission personnel.
- Condom Programming
- Access to information through IEC materials production and distribution or dissemination
- Monitoring of HIV and AIDS workplace policy implementation within the mission (particularly the 10 minimum standards of UN system-wide HIV in the Workplace Program)
Recent Achievements: January – December 2015
- No. of personnel provided with sensitization training sessions and participated in special training activities = 13,064
- No. of personnel who have availed themselves of HIV services in the sectors:
- VCCT = 4,919
- Condoms= 150,040
- IEC materials = 42,529
- No. of relevant partnership forums attended = 55
The Unit has been coordinating with the UNAIDS Khartoum as well as with the RC Office in Sudan to address the gaps in the handover process of external tasks to UNCT in Darfur as a result of UNAMID’s new strategic priority which requires the HIV and AIDS Unit to focus internally on interventions intended for the mission personnel.
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| World AIDS Day 2015