| The Way Forward
UNFPA has many opportunities to
play a critical role in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Even with a focused perspective to adhere to its defined
mandate and to concentrate on its comparative advantage
and core areas, UNFPA has a decisive responsibility
within the global partnership to deliver specific results
in the areas of work outlined above.
In all of these areas, programme
staff will need guidance and training to build their
own capacities to assist national programmes in operationalizing
the policies and programmes.
A process to brief all the technical
staff of the Country Technical Service Teams, whatever
their areas of specialization, has begun and will continue.
Training in technical areas such as logistics management
of reproductive health commodities are also scheduled
at headquarters to develop strategic frameworks and
UNFPA country offices are the front
line for action. For this strategy to be implemented
and make a difference, country teams, including Country
Representatives, have a critical role to play.
Workshops will be organized to orientate
them accordingly. This is the best way to ensure that
the policies and the strategic actions recommended in
this document find their way into country programme
This strategy supposes that Country
Representatives and their teams will be proactive, playing
a more visible role in the HIV/AIDS Theme Groups at
the country level, with Country Representatives being
more active as Theme Group Chair, and staff members
being more active at the level of the Technical Working
Groups where appropriate.
Such activities will help ensure
that the recommended strategic actions of UNFPA are
taken into consideration in the joint programme; and
results-oriented, to ensure the maximum
impact of interventions.
Finally, the strategic orientations
contained in this document have been defined at a particular
period of the involvement of UNFPA in the global fight
against the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
As more information and knowledge
are acquired about the nature and dynamic of the epidemic,
as more experience and insight are gained about effective
ways to handle it, and as partnerships to fight the
epidemic are expanded, these strategic priorities and
choices will need to be adjusted.
This document should be revisited
regularly and the strategic priorities redefined, keeping
in mind all these elements and resource availability,
ensuring that UNFPA remains effective in its response
to the pandemic.
It is clear that one overarching
concept will remain: HIV-prevention efforts are relevant
to all countries regardless of the stage of the epidemic
and are most effective when implemented early.
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