MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018

Board calls on UNAIDS to support new national antiretroviral treatments

The Programme Coordinating Board on Dec. 20 ended its three-day meeting in Geneva and directed UNAIDS to support processes to revise national targets in universal access to HIV treatment.

United Nations Member States were asked to implement the 2013 Work Health Organization guidelines and provide broader access to antiretroviral therapy. The board said that access to HIV treatment is factored into all stages of HIV and health planning, including the barriers to treatment. It requested support from UNAIDS to reduce the price of medication, offer technical support and capacity development.

During the meeting, the board discussed heightening efforts in AIDS response beyond 2015, and said that ending AIDS must be a focus in the agenda.

"Ending AIDS will be a global achievement of historic dimensions," Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé said. "Not only will millions of lives be saved, but ending AIDS will drive better health, poverty and equity outcomes for the entire human family."

The board also asked UNAIDS to increase technical support in the implementation of the New Funding Model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.

The Programme Coordinating Board is the governing body of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, which works to achieve zero new HIV infections and reduce discrimination and AIDS-related deaths worldwide.