Call for submission on country case studies for the Thematic Segment of the 49th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board


At its 47th meeting, the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) agreed that the topic of the thematic segment of its 49th meeting would be “What does the regional and country-level data tell us, are we listening, and how can we better leverage that data and related technology to meet our 2025 and 2030 goals?”.The thematic segment will take place on 10 December 2021.

The thematic segment will provide an opportunity for the PCB to discuss how the availability and strategic use of high-quality, timely and reliable data is critical to ending AIDS as a public health threat. In particular, the thematic segment will focus on the following issues:

  • How epidemic and behavioural surveys, population size estimates, service coverage data, resource allocation and spending data, policy data, etc. have helped countries achieve results in their national AIDS responses.
  • The main gaps and challenges that are preventing countries and communities from collecting, analyzing and using the data they need to guide their national AIDS responses.
  • The role of community-generated data to monitor the affordability, availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of services for the populations in greatest need of HIV services.
  • How countries can sustainably improve collection, analysis and use of data to guide national target-setting, planning, resource allocation, service delivery, the removal of legal and policy barriers and the strengthening of societal enablers, in line with global targets for 2025.
  • How UNAIDS supports countries to collect, analyze and report data needed to guide national responses, and to track progress against the Global Strategy and the commitments and targets within the UN General Assembly Political Declaration.

To inform the session, UNAIDS is seeking case studies of where high-quality, timely and reliable data has effectively been used for target setting, resource allocation, for maximising service coverage and for data-driven policy change.


Scope of submissions

Specifically, UNAIDS is seeking examples in the following areas:

  1. How improvements to routine patient monitoring and health monitoring information systems have improved health outcomes for people living with HIV and the management of national or sub-national AIDS responses.
  2. How the triangulation of quality, comparable and diverse data (economic, policy, programme, etc.) has driven HIV response target-setting, planning and resource allocation.
  3. How disaggregation of data by age, sex and other factors has allowed for tailoring of HIV programmes and services to the needs of different population and age groups.
  4. How improvements in the collection, analysis and use of data—including population size estimates and bio-behavioural surveys—have driven effective HIV prevention programming for key populations.
  5. How data have been used to address gaps in maternal, infant and paediatric services, optimize efforts to eliminate vertical transmission and provide treatment to children living with HIV.
  6. How community-led monitoring has helped identify service gaps, barriers in access to existing services and opportunities for making services people-centred.
  7. How research and community-collected data have been used to revise laws and policies to enable more effective HIV responses.

Who can submit?

UNAIDS welcomes submissions from national AIDS programmes; Ministries of Health and other relevant Ministries; civil society organisations particularly those representing or providing services to people living with or affected by HIV and key populations; academic institutions; national human rights institutions; United Nations system and other international organizations; and other national or local entities involved in planning, implementing and monitoring of regional, national and sub-national HIV responses.


How will the submissions be used?

The submissions will be used to inform the background note to the UNAIDS 49th PCB Thematic Segment. Some submissions may also be selected to be presented during the Thematic Day on 10 December 2021. Finally, all the submissions received before the deadline of 25 October 2021 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 through the electronic submission form by close of business Monday 25 October 2021:

English: https://forms.office.com/r/pmySb0RWGT

French: https://forms.office.com/r/uDCdvPUs3N

For more information on the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, please see: http://www.unaids.org/en/aboutunaids/unaidsprogrammecoordinatingboard/

For questions on this call for submissions of good practices, please contact Chris Fontaine [email protected] and Adriana Hewson [email protected].


Thank you for your time and attention.

Survey for our 2021 NGO Report "Left Out: The HIV Community & Societal Enablers in the HIV Response"


This online survey will provide information, including quotes/anecdotes and data, for the annual report of the NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB). The report will be titled Left Out: The HIV Community & Societal Enablers in the HIV Response and it will be presented at the 49th meeting of the UNAIDS PCB in December 2021. Your opinions and ideas provided through this survey will help the NGO Delegation produce a report that will dispel doubts about the centrality of societal interventions in the HIV response for Key Populations (KP) and other vulnerable groups such as women and girls, adolescents and young people (AYP), and migrants. The report will define societal enablers and explore in-depth the importance of four societal enablers in particular - education, employment, healthcare, and laws and policies. It will argue the case that societal enablers can significantly improve access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care for KP and other vulnerable groups. Below are examples of societal enablers:

  • Education: Inclusion of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) in school and university curriculums to educate AYP on human rights, sexuality, gender equality, and sexual and reproductive health.
  • Employment: Government training programs for KP and other vulnerable groups that increase their marketable skills and knowledge.
  • Healthcare: KP community-led HIV prevention, testing, and treatment services.
  • Laws and policies: Anti-discrimination laws that cover HIV status, drug use, gender identity, sexual orientation, immigration status, and/or other categories.
This survey will close on 29 September 2021.

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