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In South Sudan, 7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and 5 million people need access to health services, including HIV prevention and treatment services. In this context, AIDS does not stand in isolation; rather, it is an entry point for social transformation. This was the message of Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director, during his recent visit to the country.
Mother of five Regina Mateo shows us her home in Wau, South Sudan—a temporary shelter at the protection of civilians (POC) refugee site. She brought her family here to seek refuge from violence and instability in her village. However, Ms Mateo and her family are eager to return home as soon as it is safe to leave.
In the north-eastern city of Malakal in South Sudan, an HIV support network with around 150 members met on a regular basis to talk about the challenges they faced in accessing antiretroviral medicines and the food they needed to stay healthy. But in 2013, when the civil war broke out and fighting reached Malakal, everything changed.
Background on the humanitarian situation
When Angelina Twoki Terso arrived at the Juba Teaching Hospital’s antenatal clinic in 2004, when one month pregnant with her third child, she met with an HIV counsellor but didn’t think there was a need to get tested for HIV. Ms Twoki thought only people who smoked, drank and did things that she considered immoral contracted HIV.
Anywur Mayan took her first HIV test two years ago. A health worker came to her house in rural Jonglei State and briefly explained that he was checking her for a virus. He pricked her finger and drew some blood. A few minutes later he told her the test had come back negative and left.
She did not really learn what HIV is or how it is spread until early June this year, after she had moved hundreds of miles from her Jonglei home to escape fighting there. Her new settlement Nimule—a border town near South Sudan’s border with Uganda—is safer, but has much higher HIV prevalence.
Private Albert Joseph Lustiko of the South Sudan Army calls himself an ambassador for HIV testing. When he finishes his morning work as a cleaner at the Juba base he sticks around to talk to other soldiers about HIV and to encourage them to take advantage of the HIV testing and counselling (HTC) services at the nearby military hospital.
The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit has reaffirmed his commitment to expand HIV programmes in the country. During a meeting with UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Programme, Luiz Loures in South Sudan’s capital Juba, President Kiir said, "We won the battle for the independence of South Sudan. We will also win the war against HIV. I have made this my priority. I want to keep my people safe at all costs."
UNAIDS urges countries to rapidly scale up access to antiretroviral medicines to maximize HIV treatment and prevention gains
ABUJA, Nigeria /GENEVA, 13 July 2013—The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has launched a new framework to accelerate action in reaching 15 million people with antiretroviral treatment by 2015––the goal set by United Nations Member States in 2011.
Overview and background
Leadership of the Security Council
The Security Council has played a leading role in raising global awareness of the links between AIDS and security. Through landmark resolutions 1308 in 2000 and 1983 in 2011, the Security Council has galvanized global action to integrate HIV responses in uniformed services. In this regard, the UN has led by example, addressing HIV as an integral component of its own peacekeeping missions in diverse settings.