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40th PCB MEETING
Agenda Item 9: HIV Prevention 2020: A Global Partnership for Delivery
To be delivered by: Marsha A. Martin, NA Delegate
Thank you Mr Chair,
We, the NGO delegation, welcome the establishment of the Global Coalition for HIV Prevention and invite UNAIDS to draft the Coalition’s agenda in partnership with communities and Civil Society Organizations. There is urgent need to work collectively on a global level to prioritize and target HIV prevention efforts both on structural levels with a location focus. There is also an urgent mandate to address a number of social and structural determinants, community and economic challenges, such as disproportionate exposure to violence, lack of access to health care, unyielding discrimination, stigma, racism, homophobia, transphobia and poverty, to name a few.
I want to share an important challenge today: Recently while speaking with a group of young men in the US about HIV prevention, I was saddened by their despair as expressed in statements like: HIV is,
“part of the party”
“just a matter of time” before I become infected
“making me afraid to go out” and meet people
“easier to get it over with.”
Colleagues and friends, we have missed the boat in prevention if those at risk believe HIV infection is an inevitability. We have proven and effective tools to prevent HIV infection. The question is, do we have the will. HIV infection should never be thought of as an inevitability. We, the NGO Delegation, invite the new Global Coalition to draft an agenda that is inclusive of the needs of all those at risk and to consider today’s landscape, and the complex and complicated challenges it presents.
We are learning we cannot treat ourselves out of this epidemic, prevention is key.
To be delivered by: Sonal Mehta, Asia Pacific delegate
The PCB NGO Delegation appreciates that often there is more flexibility in implementing programmes supported by Foundations. And therefore Foundations grants are probably the best support for work around structural barriers in HIV prevention – the intervention that can lead to most sustainable outcomes.
What is the commitment from the Gates Foundation to not merely invest in coalition but also on the ground in interventions, especially to middle-income countries that need such interventions since that is where highest number of concentrated epidemic countries belong and that is from where most bureaucratic donors are transitioning from. And especially to interventions that change policies, norms, and laws, not just service delivery.
And to UNAIDS: how can we ensure this investment in the refined model of resource mobilization that in allocating these resources will include communities?
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