The thematic segment will review the intersections between mental health and HIV, including in relation to treatment adherence and quality of life of people living with HIV. It provides an opportunity to discuss various approaches for addressing mental health and HIV from a human rights perspective, including through greater community engagement and holistic people-centred healthcare approaches, and for eliminating discrimination, stigma, violence, coercion and abuse; and to identify strategies to increase cooperation and collaboration between different actors, and to jointly address challenges in integrating mental health into HIV prevention, treatment and care programmes, and vice versa.
UNAIDS is seeking examples of good practices of joint responses on HIV and mental health to inform the thematic segment background note and the discussions during the thematic day of the 43rd PCB meeting on 13 December 2018.
The NGO Delegation is seeking submissions from communities and civil society organizations that will contain any of the following:
- Effective and innovative practices / interventions integrating HIV and mental health and/or management of substance use across the HIV prevention, treatment and care continuum in health care facilities or non-health care settings, including
- HIV prevention, testing and treatment services addressing the needs of people with mental health conditions or psychosocial disabilities;
- Mental health programmes / services including HIV prevention, treatment, care or support interventions (for various age groups), including for children, adolescents and/or adults;
- Management of substance use programmes / services including HIV prevention, treatment, care or support interventions (for various age groups), including for children, adolescents and/or adults
- Multisectoral interventions at the societal level and in the community that address vulnerabilities and social determinants associated with HIV and mental health conditions and/or substance abuse, including for key and other vulnerable populations, for community workers, care providers and others engaged in HIV service provision and AIDS response.
UNAIDS welcomes submissions from national AIDS programmes; national mental health programmes; substance abuse and dependence programmes; Ministries of Health or other relevant Ministries; civil society organisations, particularly those representing affected communities; academic institutions, National Human Rights Institutions, United Nations system organizations and other inter-governmental organization; and other national or local entities implementing joint programmes addressing mental health, substance use and HIV.
The submissions will be used to inform the background note to the UNAIDS 43rd PCB Thematic Segment. Some submissions may also be selected to be presented during the Thematic Day on 13 December 2018. Finally, all the submissions will be compiled in a document on good practices which will be posted on the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board website.
Submissions are accepted in English and French.
The submissions must be made using an online submission form by COB Monday 22 October 2018.
The English version of the submission form can be accessed through this LINK.