UNAIDS – What They Do And How You Can Help

January 9, 2015

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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The UNAIDS was formed to initiate action to make medical supplies, counselling and support available to people suffering from HIV or AIDS. The organisation strives to give HIV and AIDS patients easier access to measures that would help prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. These are often not accessible to the most vulnerable of patients and people due to discrimination, financial issues and other factors.

Australian student Dominic Riga on placement with Gap Medics The neglected high risk HIV/AIDS groups

The most vulnerable of the population belong to specific groups of people such as drug users who share needles, partners of drug users, men who have sex with men, and people in the sex industry. Although these people belong to the high risk group, they are also discriminated upon the most. This makes it more difficult for them to seek preventive methods and to seek treatment ones infected.

In an effort to fight discrimination, UNAIDS launched an initiative called ‘Getting to ZERO’ to highlight the goal of eradicating infections amongst the population around the world. This initiative involves reinstating the rights of neglected groups to make preventive methods, treatment and care available to them. A collaborative effort from diverse sectors is needed to make this program successful.

For the program to be successful, key people in governments around the world, community members, NGOs and volunteers need to be more involved in promoting the fair distribution of preventive tools, medicines and care to all people no matter what gender, age, career or sexual orientation they belong too. This kind of initiative is applied in various regions and countries around the world.

UNAIDS around the world

The UNAIDS operates in 167 countries in all continents of the world. The organisation is present in more than 7 regions that include Eastern and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa, Asia and Pacific, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America, Middles East and North Africa, and other Regions around the world. Various programs and initiatives are applied in all these regions with some areas applying specific programs suitable for the location’s unique challenges.

Volunteering for UAIDS

It is very difficult for the various initiatives and programs created and applied by the UNAIDS to become successful without the cooperation of various sectors and volunteers who offer their expertise, skills, and time to promote a better world for HIV and AIDS victims.

Most UN organisations including the UNAIDS take volunteers through the main organisation’s volunteer portal. Interested parties can send in their details through the UN Volunteers’ website. There are many ways to make a contribution to a UN initiative. These include volunteering for medical applications, education, and advocacy to spread the news about UNAIDS initiatives.

Who Can Volunteer

The United Nations mobilise and benefit from over 8,000 volunteers to work on various UN sponsored initiatives that include programs applied by the UNAIDS. These programs are aimed at development assistance, humanitarian and peacekeeping efforts, and healthcare initiatives where they are most needed. Volunteers are comprised of people in various backgrounds, including social work, medicine and logistics.