One response to HIV/AIDS in Somalia

Dec 1, 2009

UNDP works closely with the three AIDS Commissions in Somalia, line ministries, networks of PLHAs as well as CSOs and other development partners to ensure a well coordinated and effective response to HIV & AIDS in Somalia. UNDP has been working on HIV & AIDS issues in Somalia for the last 5 years. UNDP will continue to support the implementation of the second National Strategic Framework for HIV & AIDS which covers the period 2009 – 2013.

Most recently, UNDP Somalia has been supporting the three zonal AIDS Commissions – the Somaliland AIDS Commission (SOLNAC), the South Central AIDS Commission (SCAC) and the Puntland AIDS Commission (PAC) - to finalize an HIV & AIDS Policy for each zone as well as an HIV/AIDS Bill in collaboration with Members of Parliament as well as each AIDS Commission.

Early November 2009, UNDP held a three-day meeting in Djibouti for 30 Members of Parliament drawn from South Central, Puntland and Somaliland to discuss Legislation in response to HIV & AIDS. The meeting provided an opportunity for Members of Parliament to review a Draft HIV & AIDS Policy and a HIV/AIDS Prevention, Control and Management Bill which will help in the fight against HIV & AIDS, reduce stigma and discrimination, and protect the rights of People Living with HIV & AIDS. In the month, UNDP also assisted the Puntland AIDS Commission (PAC) to organize a meeting for 65 Members of Parliament from Puntland to review a National Policy on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections, as well as a Draft HIV/AIDS Prevention, Control and Management Bill. Similar meetings or MPs from Somaliland and South Central are scheduled to take place soon.

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