Health sector response to the prevention and care of HIV and AIDS among young people : report of the meeting of UN country focal points, 6-10 March 2006
AbstractDescription: The publication is a report on strengthening consensus on Health Sector Response between UN partners to the Prevention and Care of HIV and AIDS among Young People in four countries under focus namely Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka under the aegis of the WHO-UNFPA Strategic Partnership Programme (SPP). The meeting brought together focal persons from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and WHO in the countries under focus and representatives of select organizations who would be able to contribute to the ongoing technical support being provided to the countries in relation to programming for HIV and young people. The report provides a brief description of WHO's 4S strategic approach to health sector's contribution to achieving global goals. It provides an insight into the existing scenario of HIV/AIDS and young people in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) problems and the country's response to the pandemic in addition to their initiatives in the development of national standards for health services delivery and major gaps in training. The report provides an overview of the ongoing regional initiatives being taken by WHO and the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UBW and RHIYA) on youth-friendly health services in countries and exposes readers to the innovative approaches being adopted by these programmes to reach out to young people. It also provides an introduction to the Mapping Adolescent Programmes and Measurement (MAPM) framework and the UNAIDS, monitoring and evaluation guide indicators and methods for measurement in planning and monitoring HIV prevention programmes for young people. The report provides the core components of the guidance document that would be developed for United Nations Country Team (UNCT) based on the outcome of the workshop. The report concludes with recommendations regarding (i) importance of identifying most-at-risk adolescents, monitoring their use of services and ensuring that service providers are adequately trained and sensitized; (ii) Integrating supportive policies into the health sector's response to HIV/AIDS: governments of Member countries of the Region need to prioritize young people and their needs into their national response to HIV/AIDS; (iii) Generation of evidence-based information for policy-makers on the diverse needs and protective measures for young people; (iv) Support and mobilization of other sectors; (v) Each country to identify a specific area for attention such as strengthening HIV testing for young people in Bangladesh, including linkages to prevention and care; training service providers in India; strengthening the response to young IDUs in Nepal; and developing standards for adolescent-friendly health services in Sri Lanka.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2007). Health sector response to the prevention and care of HIV and AIDS among young people : report of the meeting of UN country focal points, 6-10 March 2006. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205253