Joint children and HIV advocacy statement to feed UNAIDS PCB

Joint children and HIV advocacy statement to feed UNAIDS PCB

It is crucial to continue the advocacy journey for children living with or affected by HIV. Therefore, Aidsfonds together with EGPAF, PATA, GNP+ and SRHR Africa Trust delivered a joint statement regarding impact reduction of AIDS on children and youth. Our goal: to influence decision points on the agenda of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) meeting on 10 December. Read below what we lobby for.

Our statement: Fulfill your obligations to ending AIDS in children!

We know we are far from achieving our 2020 targets on pregnant women, children and youth, and the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating existing challenges and inequalities. We need to re-energize political momentum and leadership, including securing sufficient funding, to achieve existing and new goals to reduce the impact of AIDS on children and youth. We appreciate that  these elements will be well reflected in the decision points of this agenda item, as well as in  the new UNAIDS Strategy beyond 2021.

An AIDS Free generation is not only possible; it is a human rights imperative. It is achievable with leadership and strategic interventions. The scale up and acceleration of Point-of-Care Early Infant Diagnosis and the optimization of pediatric ARV, differentiated service delivery models among others are game-changer interventions. We need to respect the evidence and bring these interventions urgently to scale.

With this statement, our organizations want to highlight four main points on the follow up of the Thematic Segment:

  • We propose that the UNAIDS Strategy beyond 2021 contains ambitious targets to close the critical gaps in the HIV response for children, adolescents and youth. It would be important to consider specific mid-point treatment targets for 2023 for children, of whom 50% will die before reaching 2 years of age without treatment.
  • We need a better understanding of past and present funding made available for maternal and pediatric HIV programming as well as existing or expected funding gaps that will stop us from achieving the targets. UNAIDS must describe how it will contribute to this endeavor through the UBRAF.
  • Member states, with the support from UNAIDS, donors, civil society and communities need to put increased attention and commitment to scaling up and accelerating the uptake of innovations, including POC EID, better formulations such as Dolutegravir 10 mg, supporting differentiated service delivery models and community-led initiatives among others. 
  • Finally, we need strong global and national leadership and political commitment at the highest levels across all actors to bring a common vision and sufficient funding to achieve an AIDS Free Generation.

We invite you to review the outcome report from the focus group discussion held by Aidsfonds, EGPAF and PATA last 26 August. The consultation included input from more than 40 experts from different countries and regions, and included a number of proposals and solutions worthy of consideration by UNAIDS.

 

About the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board meeting (PCB)

The upcoming UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) meeting takes place from 15 till 17 December. This is preceded by a series of pre-meetings, where each of the agenda items and decision points are presented and discussed. The follow-up to the PCB thematic segment on Reducing the impact of AIDS on children and youth was presented 26 November. During this meeting Aidsfonds delivered the joint statement.

Join us! Support the statement

Please get in touch before 10 December in case you would like to support the joint statement, by sending an e-mail to the initiators at Aidsfonds Sabrina Erné (senior policy advisor) and Henriëtte van Gulik (lobbyist).

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