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UNICEF provides support for the National AIDS Program (NAP) led by the Ministry of Health and also works with civil society organizations on policy development, advocacy, system strengthening, and evidence generation.

Through UNICEF’s technical guidance and advocacy efforts, mother and child key issues associated with HIV/AIDS have been incorporated in the new 2016-2020 HIV/AIDS National Strategic Plan. The plan addresses (i) elimination of mother to child transmission care (eMTCT) and support for both HIV-positive mothers and their HIV-positive newborns, (ii) vulnerability of children living in the streets and (iii) the conditions of children and adolescents living with HIV/AIDS. In an effort to strengthen the national response to HIV/AIDS, UNICEF also provides technical assistance on the governance of the Country Coordination Mechanism (CCM) and resource mobilization.

Furthermore, UNICEF contributes to the enhancement of the supply management systems of the National AIDS Program by conducting comprehensive assessment of the existing Procurement and Supply Management plan and practices in 6 different treatment sites. To ensure sustainable improvement, UNICEF offers technical support for the national Procurement and Supply Management system for HIV/AIDS treatment and commodities, and builds the capacity of the National AIDS Program staff at the central level and treatment sites on how to plan, implement and regularly monitor adequate actions to strengthen procurement and supply management in line with international standard requirements. For instance, NAP staff from 10 peripheral treatment sites were trained on effective inventory management and quality assurance standards on product selection and quantification. In order to ensure ownership and sustainable capacity development, those trainings will be supplemented with training-of-trainers workshops.

 

With regards to evidence generation and in order to enhance the enabling environment that would help address the needs of people living with HIV, UNICEF, UNAIDS and the Egyptian Society for Population Studies and Reproductive Health and UNICEF are conducting a study to document HIV-related stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV in their communities. In light of the global Stigma Index, this study informs the design of programmatic interventions and provides baselines to measure changes in stigma and discrimination over time.

Among the key achievements, people living with HIV, including women, have had consistent access to high-quality medicines through UNICEF’s support to the National AIDS Program on procurement and supply management of anti-retroviral treatments (ARVs). Around 2,000 people living with HIV have received treatment. Among them, 94 refugees and 15 pregnant women who were diagnosed with HIV received anti-retroviral treatments to reduce risk of mother to child transmission, and 10 infants born to HIV-positive women are being treated with ARVs as prophylaxis against mother to child transmission of HIV.

 

 

 
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