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HOME: POPULATION ISSUES: PREVENTING HIV INFECTION: HIV/AIDS Update 2002
Preventing HIV Infection
HIV/AIDS Update 2002
Strategy for Prevention
Country Commitments
Regional Response
Global Action
Conclusion: Challenges
Strategy for Prevention

The current situation
Why focus on prevention?
Strategy for prevention
Core areas of support
Young people, Condom programming, Pregnant women
Enabling environment
Mainstreaming gender concerns, Population and development concerns, Advocacy and partnerships, Capacity building

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Enabling environment (continued)

4. Capacity building

Strengthening the capacity of countries to meet the needs of their populations is a central goal of technical assistance.

For UNFPA, capacity-building support to countries may include training activities for national counterparts, improving technical and organizational processes and functions, improving the functioning of systems and mechanisms involving a network of partners and stakeholders, and addressing the needs of communities for information through advocacy and awareness-raising activities.

Within the organization, UNFPA works continually to equip staff with the knowledge, skills and tools required to analyse, programme, implement and monitor interventions for HIV prevention.

  • To build capacity for voluntary counselling and testing, UNFPA supported a project to expand services in Uganda that served more than 70,000 adults and adolescents in 2001. The project featured training in counselling, testing and interpersonal communication skills; procurement of equipment and supplies; and the creation of Post-Test Clubs with monthly support meetings.


  • Education in HIV prevention will be more effective in the future for young refugees in the Kyrgyz Republic—strengthened by a comprehensive capacity-building project that included research, meeting with parents and refugee leaders, peer educator training, publication of brochures and booklets, youth seminars and television and video productions.

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