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HIV and health

UNDP’s work on HIV and health makes a powerful contribution to Agenda 2030 and the commitment to ‘leave no-one behind’. The 2030 Agenda and SDGs recognize that health and development are intrinsically linked, and that investments in health and other areas of development are mutually reinforcing.

 

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Afghanistan. Abida prepares for an assignment on how to perform minor surgery. UNDP and the Global Fund are supporting six nursing colleges across the country. More than 200 women have graduated and will go to work in some of the poorest villages in their home provinces.
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Kyrgyzstan: Aziz was diagnosed with multi-drug resistant TB while in prison and immediately put on treatment. In coordination with the government, the UNDP and Global Fund partnership provides prison hospitals with medicines and laboratory supplies.
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Cuba: As a trans person, Malu experienced stigma and discrimination in the village where she grew up. Government initiatives, supported by UNDP and the Global Fund, have drastically improved the situation for the LGBTI community in Cuba, including scaling up access to health care for those living with HIV.
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Chad: The Lake Chad region is one of the most malaria affected regions in the country. Up to 13 million people across some of the most remote and conflict-affected regions of Chad will benefit from a massive bed net distribution, supported by UNDP and the Global Fund.

Globally, 36.7 million people are living with HIV, with 1.8 million new infections every year. Non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes kill 40 million people each year. Neglected tropical diseases, endemic in 149 countries, affect 1.7 billion people. Outbreaks of Ebola and Zika have devastated communities, hitting the poorest and most vulnerable the hardest. Fragile and under-resourced health systems struggle to cope, placing the lives and well-being of millions of people at risk. Every year 100 million people are pushed into poverty and 150 million people suffer financial catastrophe because of out-of-pocket expenditure on health services.

UNDP works in partnership with governments, civil society, the private sector and other UN organizations to support countries for the achievement of universal health coverage, including access to safe and affordable medicines, diagnostic and vaccines.

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