|About UNAIDS (UNAIDS, 1997, 13 p.)|
Country support: The overriding goal of UNAIDS at country level is to enhance national capabilities to mount an expanded, multisectoral response to HIV/AIDS. Priority is given to nationally determined needs, in particular those of developing countries and economies in transition.
International best practice: Garnering practical experience from around the world, UNAIDS identifies sound policies and strategies that have proven to be effective - what is known as international best practice. These approaches are analysed and promoted with a view to their adaptation at country level.
The programme also supports research to develop new tools and innovative approaches for slowing the spread of HIV and improving the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS. Examples are vaccine development, vaginal microbicides for women, methods of reducing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and improved methods for preventing and treating the common opportunistic infections in HIV-infected individuals.