Agenda 1.4 – intervention by Wangari Tharao, incoming North American delegate

My name is Wangari Tharao, one of the two incoming North American NGO delegates. I work in a women organization that provides Primary healthcare services for immigrant, refugee and non-status women in Toronto, Canada, women who have migrated primarily from countries with generalized HIV epidemics in the global South. I am also the Chair of the African and Black Diaspora Global Network on HIV and AIDS (ABDGN), a network that works with Black migrants to build evidence informed strategies to support effective responses to HIV. I am also a migrant who has lived in Canada for many years and have lived experience of issues identified in the NGO report.

Migration and mobility bridges the gap between epidemics in countries of origin and those of destination or between rural and urban areas in a given country. The NGO report has provided information that if utilized strategically can help to manage and hopefully bring an end to AIDS by 2030. Migration and mobility intersects with race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, legal and economic status and other dimensions of difference to create unique circumstances that impact ability to respond to HIV. As long as countries don’t manage the issue of HIV within migrant and mobile populations effectively, there is no way we will end AIDS by 2030 – people might not belong to your country but HIV will.

Many countries have adopted UNAIDS 90-90-90 strategy but as indicated in the NGO report, migrant and mobile populations are mostly not included in the success stories many countries are reporting on about meeting the 90-90-90 targets. As long as HIV is thriving even in one of the key populations, we will not see an end to AIDS by 2030.

The NGO report calls for establishing of a common data framework, to support production of data on HIV and migration. Just as the 90-90-90 strategy provided a common framework for understanding how well and the extent to which we are meeting the set targets on the 3 pillars, a common data framework will provide us with a platform for data collection that allows comparability between and across regions and between countries to determine how well we are doing and where we are missing the mark. Data collected on this platform can then be used by national healthcare systems, migrant and mobile communities and civil society organizations to inform and ensure comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment services for migrant and mobile populations, including those living with HIV.

Member States need to be creative and ambitious to see the ends of AIDS in all KEY POPULATIONS including migrant and mobile populations.

Item 1.4 NGO Report Intervention

Wangari Tharao, North American incoming delegate

Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre, Toronto, Canada.


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