UNAIDS, The Joint United Nations Programme for HIV/AIDS
Mr. Lev Zohrabyan - UNAIDS Country Coordinator
The Joint United Nations Programme for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) unites the efforts and resources of seven UN agencies in order to respond to the global AIDS epidemic. UNAIDS works to assist countries in preventing new HIV infections, ensuring the provision of treatment and support for people living with HIV, and mitigating the epidemic’s impact. The Programme works to support countries regarding the delivery of commitments, actions and goals, in order to help ensure universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services while striving to stop and reverse the epidemic. In more than 80 countries, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS has been supported by UNAIDS Secretariat.
UNAIDS country-level action aims to mobilize national leadership in order to facilitate an effective response. This involves providing the support need to engage civil society and develop partnerships, while promoting and strengthening the national management of strategic information related to HIV-related issues. Working on the ground, UNAIDS provides the technical assistance needed to build capacities required to monitor and evaluate national responses, while ensuring each country’s access to technical and financial resources.
II. Main areas of work
Assistance in scaling up towards Universal Access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support
In Uzbekistan, UNAIDS works to support actions taken towards fulfilling the national goal of containing the HIV epidemic at the concentrated stage. This will be achieved by providing Universal Access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. As per agreement with the national partners, particular attention has been paid to implementing the Three Ones key principles (One multi-sectorial action framework, One coordinating authority, and One monitoring and evaluation mechanism). These can be achieved by strengthening partnerships across the board, ensuring capacity development, participating in civil society and communities which include people living with HIV, and mobilizing both internal and external resources.
The implementation of the Three Ones
In 2008, UNAIDS continued to support the consolidation of all efforts regarding the implementation of the National Strategic Programme on HIV for 2007-2011. Specifically, UNAIDS has worked to support the scale-up towards Universal Access, as incorporated into the new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (or UNDAF). As a member of the Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCM), UNAIDS has participated in all activities initiated and supported by the CCM. UNAIDS professionals have taken part in field visits intended to monitor the implementation of the National Strategic Programme on HIV in select regions of the country. Assistance has been provided regarding the finalisation of the National M&E Guidelines, while advice has been offered regarding the translation of sentinel surveillance results into local level action.
In January 2008, UNAIDS assisted in the preparation of the UNGASS 2008 Report. The report marks the progress made in the countries’ implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS (2001). UNAIDS supported the participation of Uzbekistan delegates in the High Level Meeting 2008, that reviewed progress achieved globally in regards to the implementation of the commitments on AIDS.
Strengthening partnerships and supporting capacity development
UNAIDS has continued to focus on strengthening multi-sectoral partnerships and participation in HIV responses at all levels. UNAIDS has supported the functioning of the Expanded Theme Group on AIDS, which served as an information exchange platform, while facilitating the first steps required to transform the Expanded TG into a national partnership forum. UNAIDS has supported NANNOUz in consolidating the NGO efforts in the national HIV response and has rendered assistance in conducting an NGO forum on HIV. UNAIDS has continued to advocate participation in HIV responses for people living with HIV, and has collaborated with NANNOUz and other stakeholders in developing the institutional and technical capacities of the initiative groups. UNAIDS has assisted the CCM Secretariat in ensuring that stakeholders participate across the board in terms of mobilizing financial resources.
Mobilization of internal and external resources
In 2008, UNAIDS continued to support efforts regarding the mobilization of resources for a response to HIV. In close collaboration with the CCM Secretariat, UNAIDS facilitated the engagement of international experts, while providing overall support in the development of Uzbekistan’s proposal for the GF Round 8 funding. UNAIDS has advocated mainstreaming HIV into the core activities of key sectors. It has achieved this by facilitating the issue’s integration into the new UNDAF, while gaining and mobilizing the assistance of an international expert in regards to planning an action required to mobilize internal resources.
National AIDS Campaign
In 2008, UNAIDS continued to collaborate with partners in order to raise public awareness and create an environment that will enables an effective scale up, in order to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. UNAIDS has participated in and supported a multi-agency steering group, designed to coordinate the planning and implementation of a National Aids Campaign. UNAIDS has also worked to implement specific Campaign activities, including a fund-raising exhibition developed to support children and young people living with HIV.
Information and communication
In 2008, UNAIDS continued to ensure that national partners had access to quality and up-to-date information and materials regarding HIV-related issues.
III. Main partners
• Ministry of Health;
• Republican AIDS Centre;
• Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan;
• National Association of NGOs of Uzbekistan;
• National Youth Union ‘Kamolot’;
• Social Initiatives Support Fund.
• Central Asian AIDS Control Project;
• Asian AIDS Control Project;
• AIDs Foundation East West;
• Centres for Disease Control and Prevention;
• Capacity Project / USAID;
• World Vision International.
IV. Contact information:
UNAIDS Country Office
Inconel Business Centre, 3rd floor
75, Musaqillik St, 700000,
Tel: +998 71 1203082/83/84
Fax: +998 71 1203084