Shadowing a DoctorMarch 20, 2014
The UNAIDS is the Joint United Nations Programme against HIV and AIDS. The main goal of the programme is to accelerate and coordinate global action to stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The organisation’s mission is to lead and strengthen initiatives to prevent the transmission of HIV and to provide care for those infected with the disease.
The UNAIDS strives to stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic from becoming a pandemic by pursuing 5 clearly stated goals, which include:
- Leadership and advocacy for effective action against the disease
- Provision of strategic information and technical support for AIDS efforts worldwide
- Track, monitor and evaluate the existing problem
- Develop strategies and partnerships to fight the disease
- Mobilise all available resources in the fight against AIDS and HIV
UNAIDS strategies for 2015
The main strategy of the organisation is aimed at reducing the sexual transmission of HIV amongst young people and transmission within people in the sex industry. An equally important part of their strategy is to prevent vertical transmission through pregnancy and to reduce mortality of AIDS-related maternal deaths by at least 50 percent by 2015. Another goal for 2015 is to reduce the incidence of infection amongst drug users.
The organisation also strives to make access to treatments such as antiretroviral therapy available to people infected with HIV. It also supports efforts to reduce deaths in people with TB and HIV by half and fights for the right of HIV/AIDS victims around the world.
The UNAIDS maintains programs in several countries across all continents. Amongst these countries are the UK, Australia, the US, Italy, Canada, Belgium, Belize, Thailand, France, Denmark, Afghanistan, Brazil, Mexico, Slovenia, Algeria, Philippines, Serbia, Ukraine, Vietnam, China, Netherlands, India, Japan, Germany Spain, South Africa, Israel, Kenya and others.
Advocacy in Europe
The UNAIDS advocacy in Europe focuses on deceasing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the high risk population that mainly consist of men who have sex with men and drug users who share needles and syringes and their partners. UNAIDS aims to find ways to eliminate infection by applying a zero-discrimination rule in AIDS related treatments and consultations.
Recently, the UNAIDS organised a conference in Geneva, Switzerland to bring together key groups that will help the group apply their programs. Experts from the European Commission and European Union were present, as well as representatives from service providers, research groups, and European government entities.
Drawbacks that HIV/AIDS victims have to contend with in Europe include criminalisation of HIV transmission, discrimination, stigma, and the lack of services for infected people. These are barriers that the UNAIDS is trying to tear down in Europe so patients and victims of HIV may have easier access to proper healthcare and HIV treatments.
How you can help UNAIDS advocacies
Volunteers and doctors can help promote and execute the UNAIDS’ campaigns such as the ‘Zero Discrimination’ campaign aimed at eliminating discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS. The UNAIDS believe that realising zero AIDS-related deaths is impossible as long as discrimination exists. According to the UNAIDS, everyone can help by mobilising social media and other networks to boost more participation from others who are committed to the cause.