PITCH calls for global support to community-led responses in universal health coverage to end AIDS

PITCH calls for global support to community-led responses in universal health coverage to end AIDS

As countries transition from international to domestic funding for HIV programmes, the integration of HIV and AIDS into universal health coverage (UHC), a key global health priority, becomes critical. To underscore the importance of UHC for key and vulnerable populations and secure financial and political support from member states, Aidsfonds representative in Geneva, David Ruiz Villafranca, will present the opportunities and challenges for civil society organisations and community engagement in UHC processes at the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board’s (PCB) 44th meeting in Geneva.

Recently, the PITCH programme (Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV response) together with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicines conducted a collaborative study on how HIV is being integrated in UHC in four countries. The study looked at whether integration is possible without major deterioration of the strengths and advances of the HIV and AIDS response. This multi-country assessment, carried out in Indonesia, Kenya, Uganda and Ukraine, forms the basis for David’s presentation.

The UNAIDS PCB 44th meeting in Geneva provides a unique opportunity to share experiences of how UHC can benefit from the lessons learnt from the HIV response and identify priorities and areas of action for joint programmes to ensure that UHC achieves its full potential for the HIV response and for human health and well-being.

PITCH calls on Member States:

  • To make a pro-active and deliberate move to ensure the inclusion of the 20% of people left behind.
  • To recognise and support the full diversity of human resources for health.
  • To build UHC on the principles and structures that contributed to the successful governance of HIV.

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  • Curious to learn why universal health coverage is crucial for an effective AIDS response? Visit our page on UHC
  • Read the presentation by Aidsfonds representative in Geneva, David Ruiz Villafranca, which was delivered at the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board’s (PCB) 44th meeting on 27 June.
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