by Bryan Teixeira
The Delegation totally supports UNAIDS’ commitment to strengthen access to relevant, quality and effective Technical Support. The delegation sees such support as being an essential part of the Joint Programme, and one requiring urgent attention. In particular we recognise that as a key technical partner, UNAIDS’ capacity to effectively coordinate Technical Support at the country level, and coordinate the work of cosponsors, will be a critical factor in the successful implementation of the GF NFM.
We welcome UNAIDS’proposed work with governments and other stakeholders to support rights based Technical Support programming for key affected populations as well as the Technical Support needs identified by all stakeholders and actors requiring such support, along with the necessary resources, monitoring and evaluation in country.
Wealso very much welcome the acknowledgement that CS must be both a recipient and provider of Technical Support, providing peer support where governmental and other interventions find it hard to be effective, and that CSOs need resources to enable them to build capacity and then share that capacity. We urge that South-south Technical Support providers should be prioritised.
While the report identifies many of the principles of Technical Support with which the Delegation agrees, we believe that there needs to be a reality check and more clarity in how overarching objectives are going to be implemented in practice. The Delegation understands the primary role of UNAIDS in delivering Technical Support is in coordinating multiple players within countries and regionally to provide the best focused support against identified priorities. Our concerns are about a reality check relative to UNAIDS capacity to deliver on the proposed Roadmap.
In particular, the NGO delegation would especially appreciate clarification about the concrete steps that UNAIDS will take relative to technical support facility reform, including the reestablishment of such facility in EECA, and in supporting the hosts of these reformed facilities to ensure easy access by civil society. Similarly, we look to receive more specific details about how UNAIDS will coordinate multilateral, bilateral donors and others in consultation with CS to improve access to TS for CSOs more generally.
Specifically relative to the need to prioritise the quality of in country data gathering, we look to technical support that enables an expansion of the case studies provided in order to better document and share best practice. And we look to details about technical support to ensure more age-aggregated, sex-aggregated and risk-aggregated data
In addition, it would be helpful to have more concrete details relative to the formation of the proposed ‘treatment community’, specifically in terms of what exactly will be the support offered to ensure civil society mobilization relative to treatment access, including advocacy for access to generic medicines.
Furthermore, we look to more details specifically relative to how UNAIDS will address technical support to the development of enabling social and legal environments among Member States, supporting the political efforts of governments to bring about systemic change urgently needed to move us forward more speedily.
Lastly, we call on UNAIDS to consider the re-establishment of GIST or some other mechanism for global oversight of the setting of guidelines and the rollout of the UNAIDS Technical Support Strategy.