Focus Areas

UNDP works with countries to understand and respond to the development dimensions of HIV and health, complementing the health sector work of other UN partners.  Our approach recognizes that development action outside the health sector – in social protection, gender, governance, human rights, capacity development and related fields – can often contribute significantly to better health outcomes, especially for the poor.  

As the largest development agency, UNDP provides strategic support to countries to address the social and economic factors that drive the HIV epidemic, as well to mitigate the impact of AIDS. UNDP is a founding cosponsor of UNAIDS, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, which brings together the efforts and resources of 11 UN organizations to help the world respond to HIV more effectively. UNDP has an important partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, helping countries to strengthen their capacity to make effective use of Global Fund financing, and enabling millions of people to benefit from programmes to prevent and treat HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

UNDP also contributes to public health and development through partnerships with Roll Back Malaria, the Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, and Stop TB.

HIV Mainstreaming, Gender and MDGs

National HIV responses have proven to be most successful when they have moved beyond addressing HIV as only a health concern, and involved a wider range of sectors and stakeholders. UNDP helps countries to mainstream attention to HIV and health into action on gender equality, poverty reduction and the broader efforts to achieve and sustain the Millennium Development Goals. This includes working with countries to understand the social and economic factors that play a crucial role in impacting health, and promoting specific action on the needs and rights of women and girls as they relate to HIV. more

HIV, Human Rights and Governance

Protecting the rights of people living with and affected by HIV is essential for halting the spread of the epidemic. UNDP promotes attention to the role of legal environments in facilitating stronger HIV responses, and works to empower and include people living with HIV and marginalized populations who are disproportionately affected by HIV – such as sex workers, men who have sex with men and transgender people – in national and local HIV responses. UNDP supports national and local AIDS authorities to strengthen governance and coordination of HIV responses, and supports the use of flexibilities in intellectual property and human rights law to lower the cost of AIDS treatment and diagnostics. more

UNDP-Global Fund Partnership: HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria

UNDP has partnered with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria since 2003 to support implementation of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria programmes in low and middle income countries, facilitating access to essential resources by countries that face constraints in directly receiving or managing such funding. UNDP’s partnership with the Global Fund supports countries in crisis or post-crisis situations, those with weak institutional capacity or governance challenges, and countries under sanctions. When requested, UNDP acts as interim principal recipient in these settings, working with national partners and the Global Fund to improve management, implementation and oversight of Global Fund grants, while simultaneously developing national capacity for governments or local entities to be able to assume the principal recipient role over time. UNDP also works with the Global Fund on policies relating to human rights, gender equality and sexual diversity. The partnership has enabled millions of people around the world to benefit from programmes to prevent and treat HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. more