The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day, “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships,” underscores the need to renew our commitment to respond effectively to HIV. As the world approaches UNAIDS’ 2020 goals of 90 percent of people living with HIV (PLHIV) knowing their status, 90 percent of people who know their status on treatment, and 90 percent of people on treatment with suppressed viral loads (90-90-90), it is timely to consider how to accelerate, not merely inch, towards the end of the AIDS epidemic. Building on the momentum of the current HIV response serves not only to maintain control over new infections but also to honor all people alive and dead who have struggled with the virus.
Plan’s HIV programming focuses on solutions that are built with and owned by local communities. This multi-faceted development approach is designed to improve the lives of the youngest community members. By working with and designing programs sensitive to the needs of youth, Plan helps ensure that all young people have access to safe, healthy environments where they can thrive and live HIV-free. This involves integrating youth into engagement and solutions.
While the majority of this quarterly newsletter focuses on youth engagement and its impact in Malawi, this offers only a snapshot of Plan’s global work. HIV prevention is mainstreamed across many program areas to promote, fulfill, and protect the health, rights, and sustainable livelihoods of children, young people, and their families.
This Month's Articles:
The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR, funds the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women, DREAMS, program to reduce HIV infections in adolescent girls and young women.
Determined, Resilient, AIDS-Free, Mentored, and Safe (DREAMS) empowers adolescent girls and young women, who face many barriers in preventing HIV infection, to achieve their dreams.
Buoyed by new knowledge and skills acquired at Plan's Global Women in Management workshop, Tinuade realized a long-held dream of founding her own organization, Jubilee Sisters Development Initiative that works exclusively with women living with HIV/AIDS.
In partnership with Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Health Commission Lilongwe District, Pact, and Maestrel, Plan is engaging in the USAID-funded, CRS-led Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children project to improve the health and well-being of orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV in Malawi.