HIV and AIDS
The UN system in the country supports the response of the South African government to the HIV and TB epidemics through the Joint United Nations Programme of Support (JPS). UN support is strategically aligned to the activities of the HIV, TB & STI National Strategic Plan for South Africa 2012-2016 with four strategic objectives:
- Address Social and Structural Drivers of HIV and TB Prevention, Care and Impact
- Prevent New HI V, STI and TB Infections.
- Sustain Health and Wellness
- Ensure Protection of Human Rights and Increased Access to Justice.
National AIDS responses have proven to be most successful when they have moved beyond addressing HIV as only a health concern, and involved a wider range of sectors and stakeholders. Mainstreaming AIDS into development processes is an effective way to ensure that action on HIV is linked to national development efforts and poverty reduction strategies, while enabling diverse actors to use their comparative advantage to contribute to the AIDS response.
UNDP in South Africa supports the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), to build the capacity of national and provincial departments to mainstream HIV and its gender and human rights dimensions into their core mandates, development plans, strategies and processes. Selected government departments are also chosen for more in-depth focus. For example in 2012, more focus was given to the Department of Environmental Affairs to mainstream HIV and gender related issues into Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). In 2013, the emphasis was placed on mainstreaming HIV in the Higher Education Sector. In 2013,
Our office works with the UNAIDS led JPS to supporte DPSA in building the capacity of National and provincial departments to mainstream HIV into their core mandates, Strategic Plans and processes.