UNODC works closely with governments and civil society to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat among people who use drugs and people in prisons by 2030, by promoting public health, human rights, justice and equality of access to HIV services, within the framework of the UNAIDS Joint Programme.  

The UNODC global HIV programme provides targeted support to countries in sub-Saharan Africa ( West and Central Africa, eastern Africa, southern Africa), Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, South Asia and South East Asia.

In these regions, UNODC technical assistance focuses on:

  • Advocating expansion of the comprehensive packages of key HIV prevention, treatment and care interventions for people who inject drugs and people in prisons in high priority sub-national areas and locations
  • Supporting countries to ensure existing legislation, policies and practices are up-to-date with respect to scientific evidence on drug use, drug dependence and HIV and conform with international human rights obligations
  • Mainstreaming gender responsive HIV services for people who use drugs and people in prisons
  • Meaningfully involving civil society, law enforcement and members of affected communities in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating services and policies
  • Supporting countries to provide HIV-related services in humanitarian emergencies

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