One response to HIV/AIDS in SomaliaDec 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.