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Country Technical Services Teams

Country Technical Services Teams are specialized UNFPA regional teams that provide technical advisory services in all areas of population, development and reproductive health.

These multidisciplinary teams have HIV/AIDS advisers who work to integrate HIV prevention within UNFPA-supported activities.

The teams also include advisers in reproductive and sexual health, gender, advocacy and other technical disciplines.

Members of the CSTs participate in UNAIDS technical working groups, inter-agency task teams, meetings and conferences as part of a commitment to achieve more effective cooperation with UNAIDS co-sponsors and other partners.

  • In 2001, advisers from the CST Addis Ababa, which covers 13 countries in East, Central and West Africa, supported action for young people, working to mainstream HIV prevention within the projects of the four-country African Youth Alliance. The CST also helped launch the East Africa Regional Adolescent HIV/AIDS Enemy or “ERASE-AIDS”, a prevention initiative to strengthen the capacity of national and regional institutions to provide youthfriendly HIV prevention information and services.

  • The CST Harare, which covers Southern Africa, supported sociocultural research and evaluations in Botswana and Malawi that will contribute to programming by enhancing understanding of the risk factors. It also evaluated an HIV prevention project in Zimbabwe and recommended steps for action.

  • Advisers from CST Dakar, which covers West and Central Africa, contributed to a number of meetings and workshops in 2001, including the African Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious Diseases, the twelfth International Conference on AIDS and STDs in Africa (ICASA), a meeting of African first ladies, and a UNAIDS meeting to build a stronger international partnerships to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.

  • Advisers from the CST Bangkok, which covers East and South-East Asia, advocated increased integration of HIV prevention, gender issues and adolescent reproductive health throughout national reproductive health programming. In 2001, the CST Director served as the Chairman of the Regional Thematic Working Group on HIV/AIDS for Asia and the Pacific and participated in the Special Session on HIV/AIDS in the 57th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

  • The CST Kathmandu, which covers South and West Asia, provided inputs to integrate HIV prevention within new country programmes developed in Bangladesh and India. Projects in Pakistan were developed in line with ICPD goals, including HIV prevention. Technical guidance was provided to the Maldives to improve data collection and analysis on STIs, including HIV/AIDS. A document was developed on HIV/AIDS in the Islamic Republic of Iran that provided concrete recommendations for integrating prevention into UNFPA programming.

  • The CST Mexico City, which covers Latin America and the Caribbean, worked at the regional level to build national capacity, raise awareness of the need for prevention before the epidemic expands further, and create a more enabling environment for prevention policies and programmes. Partnerships in Haiti, for example, were strengthened as part of a multisectoral, multi-agency approach in coordination with UNAIDS that includes voluntary testing and counselling for victims of sexual violence.

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