The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), is the main advocate for accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The policies, programmes and priorities of UNAIDS were defined by the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on HIV/AIDS in June 2001. The declaration established time-bound performance targets in the fight against AIDS, with specific benchmarks for accountability. It reflected global consensus on a comprehensive framework to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of halting and beginning to reverse the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2015. Cooperation on producing data relevant to the aims of the Declaration was also stressed.
UNAIDS’ mission is to lead, strengthen and support an expanded response to HIV and AIDS that includes preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support to those already living with the virus, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV and alleviating the impact of the epidemic. UNAIDS is mandated to provide technical support to assist in the implementation of national AIDS programmes. Usually, this technical support is in the form of expertise but also increasingly it involves helping countries to plan ahead and predict what support they are going to need for different aspects of their AIDS responses. It aims to help countries to manage their programmes better themselves - most frequently in the areas of monitoring, evaluation, costing and budgeting.
Building capacity to develop and implement M&E plans to track the epidemic and responses to it is a priority for UNAIDS in its key country partners. UNAIDS’ strategic approach to data improvement is the placement of M&E officers in many of the countries most affected by AIDS to assist the countries in data development. The M&E initiative is supported by i) the development of guidelines for statistical measurement with training workshops, and ii) the provision of related computer software and training in its application. The various guidelines have included the “National AIDS programmes: A guide to monitoring and evaluation” and the “Monitoring the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS: Guidelines on construction of core indicators” and other publications for specific target groups or themes. UNAIDS has established five “Technical Support Facilities” across the world that provide consultants to design programmes and provide advice in a number of areas including monitoring and evaluation.
UNAIDS developed the Country Response Information System (CRIS) to facilitate reporting on countries’ response to HIV and AIDS. In addition to being a reporting system for UNGASS data, it supports reporting to other donors and in-country reporting. If technical assistance is needed for CRIS, contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
Received 2008. Update 2010 pending