Agenda 5: Update on strategic human resources management issues
Delivered by Musah Lumumba, NGO Delegation, Africa
The NGO Delegation acknowledges the Update on Strategic Human Resources Management Issues.
The NGO Delegation is primarily concerned with the departure of staff who deal directly with communities, whose deliverables have profoundly contributed to the UNAIDS gains in the recent past.
For example, although communities have the capacity and expertise to mobilise themselves including the rally for consistent and correct condom use, in regions like Sub Saharan Africa where only eight male condoms were available per year of reach sexually active individual, according to the UNAIDS GAP report 2014, the technical support from the dedicated staff member of the local UNAIDS office would be essential to promote the change.
Mr. Chair and EXD, the Joint Program will fail communities including young people and the broader HIV response, if it doesn’t have the right people on the ground.
- In Malawi, Tanzania, Cameroon, Kenya, Zimbabwe and other countries in Africa , we have organized groups of adolescent and young people living with HIV..
- In Uganda, the first-ever minimum service and care package for adolescents living with HIV has been drafted.
- The involvement and full participation of the community, including young people in the PCB has and will continue to meaningfully contributed the Joint Programme’s work.
And I am convinced that my colleagues on the NGO Delegation have their own examples where the right people on the ground helped to make a difference.
All this wouldn’t have been possible without the unique organizing, mobilization and lobbying skills that the Joint Program demonstrates with the strong leadership of the EXD.
Mr. Chair, allow me to quote one of the finest sons that the world has ever produced – Nelson Mandela: “Vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, and vision with action can change the world.”
In this regard, the NGO delegation is much worried that if the UNAIDS Strategy isn’t fully funded, we shall never see the end of AIDS, and the Joint Program will never be able to retain the adequate human resource to strive with civil society in initiating and maintaining the HIV political agenda needed in our countries.
Therefore the NGO delegation guided by the voices of those most impacted by the epidemic calls upon members states and all donors walk the talk now, not tomorrow.
If I’m to borrow the toothpaste slogan, “We need enough toothpaste, on the right toothbrush for all teeth right now”.