How UNAIDS can strengthen the national response
National governments have the primary responsibility for dealing
with HIV/AIDS within their own borders, even though many individuals and groups
from government as well as the wider society must be part of the national
response. The role of UNAIDS is to strengthen the ability of countries to
respond to the epidemic, and to coordinate the UN system's support to that end.
To be effective, the national response must be broad-based and
multisectoral. AIDS remains an important health issue, but many of the causes
and consequences of the epidemic lie outside the health sector. With its unique,
collaborative approach, UNAIDS can support countries in the following ways as
they mount an expanded response to the epidemic:
· By advocating more
effectively for the introduction of AIDS issues into the country's health,
economic and social development agendas. Each UN organization can work with its
major counterparts to promote cross-sectoral collaboration.
· By involving a greater number
of partners in AIDS activities. Each UN organization can help involve partners
not yet participating in the response to the epidemic, including government
departments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector.
· By allocating resources more
efficiently and effectively in support of national efforts. Working together,
the UN organizations can identify overlaps, gaps and opportunities for
integrating AIDS into related programmes.
· By making better use of local
and regional technical expertise available in the UN