Combating HIV/AIDS in southern Africa (UNAIDS)

Duration: 2011-2015

Budget: 3.000.000

With this cooperation Flanders wants to continue to commit itself structurally to combating HIV/AIDS in the region of southern Africa.

Duration and budget

Since 2006, the organisation receives structural support from the Government of Flanders. Flanders decided to renew the cooperation agreement with UNAIDS for the period 2011-2015. To this end, 3,000,000 euros have been earmarked.

Problem definition

Of the 33 million people who are infected worldwide, no less than 60% live in the southern African region. 90% of the children infected with HIV live in southern Africa.

Due to the fact that so many people are infected, or are still exposed to acute infection danger on a daily basis, the efforts made in these countries have to be maintained or even intensified.

The groups that run the highest risk of infection are often also the most vulnerable ones. It is often also these groups that are marginalised in society.

Practical implementation

In 2006, Flanders and UNAIDS declared themselves in agreement to start structural cooperation. This cooperation lasted 4 years and was renewed in 2011. Both UNAIDS and Flanders support the same objective, namely the reinforcement of the global response to the HIV epidemic, especially in the southern African region.

Among other things, UNAIDS wants to use the Government of Flanders’ contribution to raise the matter of the violation of the fundamental human rights of groups who are infected with HIV/AIDS, or who run the greatest risk of infection with HIV/AIDS. The organisation wants to do so in the most diverse countries since achieving progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS remains a great obstacle.