HIV and Development

  • The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) has placed HIV and TB as areas at the top of its agenda and the United Nations Joint Team on HIV/AIDS (UNJT) has developed a Joint UN Programme of Support (JPS) on AIDS and TB that includes a results matrix on AIDS and TB for 2013-2017, an annual work plan for 2013 and a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) matrix for 2013-2017 resulting in one work plan and one budget.

  • South Africa has the largest HIV and AIDS epidemic in the world (UNAIDS Spectrum estimates 6.8 million people living with HIV). Many of them are young women between the ages of 15 and 24 – in the prime of their lives and at the beginning of their reproductive years. In 2012, the government launched the National Strategic Plan for HIV, STIs and TB: 2012-2016 NSP) to enable it respond to this epidemic. Since then, the country has made great strides in responding to the epidemic, one of which is putting about 3 million people on ARVs, a fact that has substantially increased life expectancy – one of the key outcomes of the National Development Plan. However despite the many advances the country is still faced with high rates of stigma associated with HIV infection and the resultant discrimination.

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