UNICEF’s Vision for the Global HIV Response 2018 – 2021

UNICEF has long been at the heart of global efforts to put the HIV epidemic into an irreversible and rapid retreat. Under the Strategic Plan for 2018–2021, UNICEF will continue to align its HIV-related commitments to global goals and targets detailed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; the Political Declaration agreed to at the June 2016 United Nations High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS; the Fast Track Strategy to End AIDS developed and championed by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS); the United Nations Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2016–2030; the ‘Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free’ Framework for Ending AIDS in Children, Adolescent Girls; and the All In Framework to end AIDS in Adolescents and Young Women by 2020 that emerged following the success of the Global Plan Towards the Elimination of New Infections Among Children by 2015 and Keeping their Mothers Alive (Global Plan).

EMTCT of HIV & Syphilis in Thailand (Mar 2017)

A total of 30 participants from India, Nepal, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the United States attended the webinar on March 20, 2017 to discuss Thailand's lessons learned in reaching the elimination of mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT) of HIV and syphilis. Thailand is the first country in the Asia and the Pacific region and the first with a large HIV epidemic to receive validation from the WHO for achieving this milestone.

The links to the presentation and summary are below:

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Presented on March 20, 2017

CROI Summary 2017 (Mar 2017)

A total of 105 participants from Uganda, Nepal, Iran, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, and many other countries attended the webinar on March 9th which featured new research on PMTCT and pediatric treatment presented at CROI 2017.

The links to the webinar, presentations, and webinar summary are below:

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Presented on March 9, 2017

HIV Indicator Guidance Sheets

These excel sheets provide outcome and impact, and coverage and output indicators. Outcomes and impacts require periodic review everyone to three years for the global fund supported programming. Impact and outcome assessments are to be based on all available information, including results of impact and outcome indicators as well as program reviews/evaluations and other assessments/studies.

Guidelines for adapting Stepping Stones

The original Stepping Stones training programme is a training package on gender, HIV, communication and relationship skills. It is also sometimes described as a social norm change training package, covering many aspect of our lives, including why we behave in the ways we do, how gender, generation and other issues influence this, and ways in which we can change our behaviour if we want to. Stepping Stones was originally developed between 1993 and 1995 but was fully revised and updated in 2016.

What Women Want: HIV prevention that works for adolescent girls and young women

ATHENA consulted adolescent girls and young women in Kenya, Zimbabwe Malawi, and other eastern and southern African countries to identify their HIV prevention needs, priorities, visions, and solutions in response to the 2016 UNAIDS guidance on HIV prevention. The consultation was completed using a mixed-methods approach, including a WhatsApp focus group, a working group, webinars, twitter and other social media.