Call for submission of country case studies on “COVID-19 and HIV: sustaining HIV gains and building back better and fairer HIV responses” for the Thematic Segment of the 48th UNAIDS PCB

In the Philippines, civil society organizations partnered with UNAIDS country office and the private sector to develop a mechanism to ensure people living with HIV's access to antiretroviral medications during COVID-19 lockdowns

At its 47th meeting, the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) agreed that the theme for its 48th meeting will be “COVID-19 and HIV: sustaining HIV gains and building back better and fairer HIV responses”. The thematic day will take place on 2 July 2021.

UNAIDS is seeking examples of good practices to inform the thematic segment background note and the discussions during the segment.

1. Scope of submissions

UNAIDS is seeking examples of relevant good practices to inform the thematic segment background note and the discussions during the thematic day of the PCB meeting on 2 July 2021.

Specifically, UNAIDS is seeking examples of policies, programmes, services and other actions in the following areas (but not limited to):

  1. Concrete contributions of the HIV multisectoral response model to the COVID-19 response
  2. Examples of policies /service delivery changes introduced during COVID-19 that have been formalized and enable improvements on performance of both HIV and systems for health at large/pandemic preparedness, including community-led approaches and/or differentiated service delivery models that respond to people’s needs and context
  3. Examples of the use of the HIV infrastructure (laboratory, data) ecosystems and leadership to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic
  4. Examples of leveraging HIV investments (funding, human resources capacities) for responding to COVID-19
  5. Best practices of addressing stigma and discrimination and other human rights issues in the context of the colliding epidemics of HIV and COVID-19
  6. Examples of innovations in HIV service delivery using technology advancements especially with regards to securing uninterrupted access to services for key and vulnerable populations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

2. Background to the thematic segment:

The thematic segment will provide an opportunity to:

  1. Review the context, data and information (different epidemiological contexts) on the colliding HIV and COVID-19 pandemics, in particular on how people living with HIV, key populations, women and girls, people on the move and other communities most impacted by HIV are often also particularly affected by COVID-19 and its societal impacts.
  2. Explore and highlight how HIV and the COVID-19 pandemics impact on all sectors of society and provide examples and lessons learnt from countries on multisectoral and rights-based responses to the colliding epidemics.
  3. Analyse what we have learned with regards to the role that the HIV response investments, infrastructure, ecosystems, multisectorality and leadership had in mounting a comprehensive and rapid response to Covid and its many impacts.
  4. Explore and show examples of the importance of addressing inequalities as a determinant of ill health – as a founding principle of not only HIV responses but epidemic preparedness and systems for health at large, building on COVID-19 impacts and related responses.
  5. Examine how Governments and funding partners have been making reprogramming decisions in the HIV response since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting challenges and opportunities to multi-sectoral collaboration.
  6. Explore to what extent the HIV community was prepared compared to other communities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic/protect programmes on HIV. Was there any difference in their engagement and acknowledgment in the HIV responses vs COVID-19 planning and response? What can we learn from this for the future responses to new pandemics?
  7. Review the future role of National AIDS coordination bodies drawing on the Global HIV Prevention Coalition external review and the lessons learnt from the engagement of national AIDS authorities during COVID-19 response, recognizing the need for multisectoral and integrated responses to accelerate HIV prevention while responding to COVID-19.
  8. Examine the role of the Joint Programme in working with Governments and partners on coordination, monitoring and accountability of the HIV response in the context of COVID-19.

Who can submit?

UNAIDS welcomes submissions from national AIDS 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 COVID-19 and HIV.

How will your submission be used?

The submissions will be used to inform the background note to the UNAIDS 48th PCB Thematic Segment. Some submissions may also be selected to be presented during the Thematic Day on 2 July 2021. Finally, all the submissions will be compiled in a document on good practices on COVID-19 and HIV: sustaining HIV gains and building back better and fairer HIV responses 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 COB Monday, 24 May 2021.

For more information on the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, please see

For questions on this call for submissions of good practices, please contact Nertila Tavanxhi at [email protected], copying Adriana Hewson at [email protected].


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