The Joint UN Regional Team on AIDS (JURTA) for West and Central Africa (WCA) : . « DELIVERING AS ONE » IN SUPPORT OF UNIVERSAL ACCESS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN WCA. Fatima Maiga Program Specialist- Young People and HIV- UNFPA SRO- WCA IATT/ YP & HIV- Annual Meeting- April 2009, Geneva.
The Joint UN Regional Team on AIDS (JURTA) for West and Central Africa(WCA) :
« DELIVERING AS ONE »
IN SUPPORT OF UNIVERSAL ACCESS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN WCA.
Program Specialist- Young People and HIV-
UNFPA SRO- WCA
IATT/ YP & HIV- Annual Meeting- April 2009, Geneva
HIV prevalence from population-based surveys
in countries in West and Central Africa, 2003–2006.
6.0 – 8.0%
4.0 – <6.0%
2.0 – <4.0%
0 – <2.0%
No available data
Sources: Various surveys and reports.
HIV prevalence among adults 15-49 varies from 0.5% (Mauritania) to 6.2% (RCA).
Overall adult national HIV prevalence has remained stable (Nigeria and CAR have the largest epidemic in the sub-region)
Signs of decline in HIV prevalence: Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Urban Burkina Faso.
AIDS-related deaths have started to show a relative decline
Sex- disaggregated VIH Prevalance (%) among young people (15–24 years ) in various countries 2005–2007
*Central African Republic
VIH Prevalance (in %)
A Study shows that on average, there is 3 condoms per person per year in Africa.
Overall trend of sexual behavior among YP is relatively positive.
Evidence suggests that those countries able to harmonize target setting with the strategic planning cycle, encountered far less difficulties in establishing targets than those who undertook a separate process .
Despite efforts towards UA, challenges remain: In terms of access to prevention, care and treatment services, the situation in WCA is alarming.
An analysis of recently compiled UNGASS reports (2006) from 18 countries in the region shows that: (i) less than 6% of adults had access to Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) services; and (ii) less than 50% of young people aged 15 to 24 reported the use of a condom during sexual intercourse with a non-regular sex partner.
Members: Staff from the 10 co-sponsoring agencies
Areas of focus: Based on the JURTA 2008-09 workplan, task teams were set-up to work on:
Within the 25 countries of the region, the primary clients of the JURTA are:
IATT/YP OBJECTIVE: “To build the capacity of Joint UN Teams on AIDS and/or Technical Working Groups on AIDS and partners at country level to scale up HIV prevention, among young people through:
- providing evidence-informed policy, operational, and technical guidance on country level planning, management and implementation of HIV interventions for young people; and
- producing strategic information and tools, including M&E tools, to track progress on implementation and inform further programming”.
- Held in Douala from 22 to 26 September 2008 and facilitated by the JURTA (UNAIDS RST, UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO) with support fromCESAG (key regional training institution).
- Peer review Methodologyused
- Main Objective:Mobilize and assist countries with the highest prevalence in the region ( CAR, CI, DRC, Congo,Cameroun, Chad , Gabon) in reviewing their national prevention response andidentifying gaps and opportunities intheir national planning and implementation processes.
- Participants: 70 representatives from nationalHIV & AIDS programmes, JUNTAs and JURTA, Civil Society Organizations, including youth leaders.
A Road map for each participating
country was developed, with focus placed on:
- Prevention, with particular emphasis on most at risk and vulnerable adolescents and young people
In 2008, the JURTA worked with:
In order to:
" The best thing that happened to ICASA 2008 was youth participation. There was not a single session I was on that I did not see young people there".Peter Piot, at ICASA 2008.
« ICASA 2008 ends with call for stronger youth focus »ICASA 2008 closed on 7 December with a strong message: youth are essential in the response to AIDS in Africa, especially those living with HIV. The closing ceremony began with a statement delivered by Ms Souadou N'Doye, a young Senegalese. She spoke on behalf of all young Africans and urged those in attendance to ensure that young people are involved in the design of HIV – UNAIDS 2008;
Source: UNAIDS Website 07 December 2008
Particular emphasis will be placed on strengthening our collaboration with the JUNTAs : support them in the development, implementation and quality assurance of their workplans.
The JURTA’s 2009 youth-related activities will address region specific challenges and priorities, particularly:
In June 2009, with funding from UNFPA, the JURTA will organize a subregional experts workshop to strengthen the « Youth and HIV » components in national documents (PRSPs, NSP, National youth action plans) and Global Fund proposals.
WE HOPE TO DO ALL OF THIS IN CLOSER COLLABORATION WITH A STRENGHTENED AND EXPANDED IATT/HIV & YP.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION!