UNAIDS, or the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, brings together the expertise and resources of 10 UN co-sponsor organizations, including the UN refugee agency, to help the world prevent new HIV infections, care for those living with HIV and mitigate the impact of the AIDS epidemic.
In helping mount and support an expanded response to HIV, the UNAIDS Secretariat, working in more than 80 countries, has five key focus areas aimed at achieving this goal:
- Mobilizing leadership and advocacy for effective action on the epidemic.
- Providing strategic information and policies to guide efforts in the AIDS response worldwide.
- Tracking, monitoring and evaluation of the epidemic.
- Engaging civil society and developing partnerships.
- Mobilizing financial, human and technical resources to support an effective response.
These support the key goal of providing universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services by 2010. UNAIDS also sees the need for the co-sponsors at country level to work closely together, with the heads of these sister agencies promoting a joint political voice to challenge HIV.
UNAIDS and UNHCR are committed to greater collaboration, building on a relationship of mutual support, exchange of ideas, sharing of expertise and furthering of a fruitful partnership. They have been collaborating on scaling up HIV prevention, treatment, care and support interventions for forcibly displaced people. They are also working together, along with other partners, on developing guidance and tools for addressing HIV in humanitarian crises.