THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

U.N. AIDS and Planned Parenthood unite to accelerate HIV response

Leaders from U.N. AIDS and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) recently made a memorandum of understanding that is designed to give fast-track access to responses for HIV by 2020.

The partnership has four goals in particular. First, to better integrate the services dedicated to HIV and sexual as well as reproductive health, which will help people to understand their rights. Second, to prevent new HIV infections that can spread through children and to helping mothers stay alive. Third, to extend the HIV services that are dedicated to young people. Fourth, to guarantee that specific populations such as gay men, transgender people, drug users, sex workers, and men who have sex with men will receive the HIV prevention, care, treatment and support they need to save their lives.

“This partnership is about turning targets to results so that no one is left behind,” Michel Sidibé, executive director of U.N. AIDS, said. “Many young people, women and key populations are still out of reach and in need of access to sexual and reproductive health and HIV services.”

The partnership obligates the two organizations to provide high-impact HIV prevention, advocacy and treatment. These services are especially needed in sub-Saharan Africa.

“We are delighted that we are entering this partnership with U.N. AIDS,” Tewodros Melesse, IPPF’s director-general, said. “It isn’t about making a difference in London or Geneva. It’s about making a real difference on the ground, so we are able to work together to provide more integrated HIV prevention, testing and treatment services, especially for the most marginalized and underserved in society.”

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