and People Living with HIV/AIDS Celebrate World
Years of war,
political unrest and extreme poverty has
resulted in high HIV prevalence in Sudan.
According to the 2002 Situation Analysis
Study conducted by the Sudan National AIDS
Control Program (SNAP) and UNAIDS, it is
estimated that the number of HIV positive
cases has reached 320,000 in Sudan; the
highest in the Middle East Northern Africa
The United Nations Development Programme
(UNDP) in Sudan is involved in a series
of interventions to reduce HIV/AIDS prevalence
and mortality in the country. The largest
and most comprehensive health programme
in the country to fight HIV, UNDP GFATM
has allocated a total of 104 million to
respond to HIV in Sudan until the year 2012.
Special attention is given to vulnerable
populations such as Internally Displaced
Persons (IDP), pregnant women, young people,
uniformed personnel, female tea sellers,
and People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWA) and
Despite concerns of stigma and social discrimination,
PLWHA took the lead this year in organizing
their own associations and mobilizing communities
against the threat of HIV in Sudan. Members
of the association organized awareness sessions
in 8 northern states and shared their own
experiences in living positively with HIV.
In each of these sessions, they explained
the importance of voluntary testing and
the availability of free palliative treatment
to the public.
Since 2007, UNDP GFATM has provided support
to 12 PLWHA associations at states level
in terms of capacity development programs,
offices rent and running costs. UNDP GFATM
has also assigned 12 social workers to these
associations to ensure that PLWHA are involved
in the planning, implementation and evaluation
of states’ responses to the epidemic.
On 1 December 2009, the Association of PLWHA
in collaboration with UNDP organized orientation
sessions for UNDP staff on HIV. The sessions
focused on providing theoretical background
to participants about the disease and created
discussions on effective ways to prevent
the pandemic from spreading.