5th PCB Meeting, November 1997
The 5th Meeting of the Programme Coordinating Board. Nairobi, Kenya 16-18 November 1997
- Provisional agenda
Agenda items include: reports by the UNAIDS Executive Director, Committee of Cosponsoring Organizations, and the NGO Representative, a field visit, and discussion of access to HIV/AIDS drugs, and support to country-level responses including national strategic planning and UN Theme Groups on HIV/AIDS.
- Provisional agenda item 2(a): supporting national strategic planning for HIV/AIDS (en | fr)
Country-level anti-HIV planning often ignores social, cultural and economic circumstances dictating the shape and impact of the epidemic. UNAIDS is promoting national government strategic approaches to achieve realistic priority-focused plans. These should involve government, society, and international partners in a process where each social sector contributes its expertise; meaning resources are efficiently used.
- Provisional agenda item 2(b): the United Nations system at a country level: meeting the challenge of HIV/AIDS (en | fr)
In countries, UNAIDS coordinates through UN Theme Groups on HIV/AIDS which support national efforts to expand HIV responses. Theme Group reviews and consultations show they are functioning well in several areas. Also, there are now many broadly-based Technical Working Groups, leaving Theme Groups to help develop policy, advocate high-level strengthened government responses, and mobilize wide-ranging partners’ resources.
- Agenda item 1: access to drugs for HIV/AIDS and related illness: towards the creation of strategic partnerships to improve access to care for people living with HIV/AIDS(en | fr)
Efforts to expand access to HIV-related drugs must realistically take into account the technical, financial and social capacities of individuals and the health care system in individual countries. Experience confirms that these efforts are most effective if the various stakeholders (including governments, producers, suppliers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN agencies, and of course PLWH themselves through their representative organizations) agree to work as partners. UNAIDS has therefore made the promotion of such partnerships the cornerstone of its efforts in the area of access to drugs.