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, south-eastern Europe and central Asia, south Asia and south-east Asia and Pacific.

In these regions, together with national and international partners, UNODC supports countries in their efforts towards ending AIDS by 2030 through:


  • Supporting reform, development and implementation of effective legislation and policies to facilitate access to evidence-informed HIV services. 
  • Reducing stigma and discrimination, and promoting human rights and evidence-based public health-centred approaches to drug use and HIV.


  • Supporting the development and implementation of comprehensive evidence-informed gender- and age-responsive strategies and programmes.


  • Brokering multisectoral alliances between drug control, justice, law enforcement, health, civil society organizations (CSOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs).


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