UNDP contributes $320,000 to AIDS program [Archives:2004/778/Local News]

October 4 2004

An agreement was signed on Tuesday between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Yemen, represented by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MPIC), and the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MPHP), whereby the UNDP contributes the amount of US$320,000 to combat AIDS. The money will help build the capacity of the National AIDS Program (NAP) and for mainstreaming HIV/AIDS issues into poverty and human rights projects. The agreement was signed by HE Mr. Ahmed Mohammed Sofan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, H.E. Dr. Mohammed Yehia Al-Noami, Minister of Public Health and Population, and Mr. Moin, UNDP Resident Representative, and in the presence of a number of senior UNDP and government officials.
The UNDP-supported project is intended to enhance national capacity in responding to HIV/AIDS by mainstreaming HIV/AIDS issues into national policies strategies through piloting combined HIV/AIDS and national interventions and sharing lessons with other stakeholders, reviewing HIV/AIDS and human rights-related legislation, policies and practices and conducting appropriate advocacy. Recognizing the impact across all sectors of HIV/AIDS, the project aims to integrate HIV/AIDS interventions into the scaled-up national efforts to develop the second Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper aligned with achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to which Yemen and the international community have made a commitment to achieve by 2015
The project attempts to bridge existing gaps in various legislative provisions and policies, hence creating and enabling an environment for HIV/AIDS interventions to make a difference. Additionally, the project is expected to take various advocacy initiatives to raise awareness among high-risk and vulnerable groups, (as well as among other key actors in concerned government authorities and civil society), of the need for comprehensive and timely action to contain the disease at this early stage.