UNDP HIV, Health and Development
Annual Report 2017-2018
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UNDP’s work on HIV and health makes a powerful contribution to Agenda 2030 and the commitment to leave no one behind. The 2017-2018 Annual Report highlights results from UNDP’s work with partners to support the development dimensions of HIV and health in 129 countries.
To meet the complex, interrelated challenges identified in the 2030 Agenda, multi-stakeholder partnerships and innovative platforms are needed. The report includes an overview of UNDP’s HIV and health portfolio, and how we support countries to turn innovations into scalable and sustainable solutions to deliver results on reducing inequalities and exclusion that drive HIV and poor health; promoting effective and inclusive governance for health, and; building resilient and sustainable systems for health.
- 3.1 million lives saved
- 2.2 million people currently on HIV treatment
- 72 million cases of malaria treated
- 870,000 cases of TB detected and put on treatment
- 91 UNAIDS Fast-Track and other UNAIDS priority countries supported on human rights, gender and key populations
- 53 countries supported through the UNDP-Global Fund partnership
- 30 countries supported in NCD and tobacco control
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Introduction to the Annual Report
Mandeep Dhaliwal, Director HIV, Health and Development Group
The last year saw significant gains in global health - for example, 58 percent of people living with HIV were accessing antiretroviral treatment. However, the health of people and the planet continued to face major challenges, many of which are exacerbated by growing inequalities, persistent health disparities, evolving and resurgent risk and insufficient progress in tackling climate change. New HIV infections in marginalised populations increased. An ancient disease, tuberculosis (TB), remained the leading infectious disease threat in the world. Drug-resistant strains of infectious diseases grew. Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), especially in low- and middleincome countries, added to the burden on fragile health systems. And the warming planet increased the number of climate-related shocks, spread pathogens quicker and further than ever before and worsened air quality. Read more
At UNDP, we endeavoured to address such complex development challenges head-on. The 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the pledge to leave no one behind, global commitments of unparalleled ambition, are inspiring a focus on innovation, partnerships and scale. UNDP’s new Strategic Plan for 2018-2021 reaffirms our commitment to the principles of universality, equality and leaving no one behind, while responding to a dynamic development landscape. Health, an outcome, contributor and indicator of development, continues to be an important aspect of UNDP’s work, focusing on three inter-linked action areas: (1) reducing inequalities and social exclusion that drive HIV and poor health; (2) promoting effective and inclusive governance for health; and (3) building resilient and sustainable systems for health. UNDP worked with partners to address the development dimensions of health in 129 countries.
Partnerships Working with national and local governments, academia, civil society, multilaterals, private sector and the UN family, UNDP focused its partnerships and resources in assisting countries to address the complex web of social, economic environmental, and commercial determinants of health and provide people with vital health services. In May 2018, UNDP and the World Health Organization (WHO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Through this renewed partnership UNDP and WHO, are leveraging their core competencies to support countries on multi-sectoral responses to universal health coverage, health emergencies and the challenges arising from climate change and environmental problems, including the impact of climate change on the resilience of health systems. By sharing good practice and thought leadership, UNDP leverages its network and partnerships to facilitate learning and capacity development on HIV and health, particularly between low- and middle-income countries.
Innovation UNDP invested in connecting global health issues, start up thinking, technology and partnerships to turn innovations into scalable and sustainable solutions. Based on a successful pilot in India, UNDP supported the scale up of the electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN), which uses a mobile app and a web interface to strengthen the vaccine cold chain. The scale up aims to cover all of India, reaching 156 million young children and pregnant women every year. This year UNDP also scaled up its Solar for Health initiative to power health facilities in eight countries, and as a result, contributed to greater access to health services.
Advocacy Health challenges, including persistent disparities continued to threaten people across the world, disproportionately affecting the poorest and most marginalized. UNDP continues to advocate for those who too often go unheard because of stigma, discrimination and violence. By the end of 2018, in line with the recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, UNDP supported governments, civil society and UN partners in 89 countries to reform discriminatory laws and policies which perpetuate exclusion and marginalisation. In 53 countries, UNDP worked with governments, academia, the private sector and LGBTI communities to improve inclusion.
This work has only been possible because of the tireless efforts of UNDP staff and our partners. I am humbled and proud to share a snapshot of what we have accomplished together over the last year and hope it will motivate us to achieve greater results and impact in the years to come.