While available data on HIV prevalence is limited in Sudan, it is generally accepted that Sudan is in the early stages of a generalised HIV/AIDS epidemic. By the year 2012, UNICEF in Sudan aims to have contributed to tackling HIV and AIDS, achieving key results that include:
Increasing public awareness and understanding
UNICEF works alongside the Sudan National AIDS Control Programme (SNAP) to develop programmes that tackle lack of knowledge and understanding on HIV and AIDS. Increasing focus is placed on multi-sectoral approaches, to ensure that the issue of HIV is integrated into areas such as education, youth affairs, and the military. A multi-media public information campaign aimed at high risk audiences was launched in 2007 across the north of Sudan, to complement ongoing peer-to-peer education activities.
"There is so much bad information about AIDS. Once you have shared the right information, people react very positively". Selim, HIV counsellor, Khartoum.
"There is so much bad information about AIDS. Once you have shared the right information, people react very positively".
Selim, HIV counsellor, Khartoum.
Caring for people living with HIV and AIDS
UNICEF supports a wide range of Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centres and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission services, the latter being implemented through ante-natal centres. UNICEF also assists projects that care for children and families affected by the virus.
Policy, systems and capacity development
Efforts have also been made to ensure that legislation is strengthened to provide better protection for people living with HIV and AIDS – for example, in the north of Sudan, a new HIV law prohibits discrimination on the basis of being HIV positive.
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