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Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) was established in 1994 to support national efforts to combat the AIDS epidemic. UNAIDS coordinates the activities of all UN agencies to respond to HIV infection.

Winnie Byanyima is the Executive Director of UNAIDS and an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Belarus has been a member of the organization since its foundation. The UNAIDS office was established in Belarus in 1997.

The Program Coordinating Board is the main executive body of UNAIDS. Belarus is its member for a period up to 2022.

The joint program mobilizes resources to ensure uninterrupted access of people living with HIV and vulnerable groups to prevention, treatment and care services, with a focus on harm reduction and substitution therapy. UNAIDS focuses on the problem of the spread of the disease among marginalized groups, minorities, migrants, refugees, etc.

In 2017, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé visited Belarus. In recognition of his contribution to the global AIDS response and the development of health care in Belarus Mr Sidibé was awarded the Medal of Francysk Skaryna. Since 2018, a special event “Zero Discrimination” has been held annually in Minsk to promote the use of a human rights-based approach in the fight against HIV / AIDS.

The II European Games took place in Minsk in June 2019 as UNAIDS Zero Discrimination tournament. The most important achievement of joint efforts of Belarus and UNAIDS is treatment of all HIV-infected people in need, preventive treatment of all infected women and children, and provision of breast-milk substitute feeding for all newborn children.

In 2016, Belarus became the first country in the European Region to receive WHO validation for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

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