HIV/AIDS – Giving priority to prevention

Although the HIV/AIDS epidemic has stabilised overall, in certain countries the rate of infection continues to grow. Homophobia, discriminatory laws and gender-based violence undermine efforts to improve access for people affected by HIV/AIDS to the services they need. The SDC works on prevention and reducing social stigma in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

The SDC's focus

Switzerland makes an active contribution to global efforts against HIV/AIDS by supporting international specialised agencies such as the WHO, UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and other international and regional organisations, associations and networks.

In its country-specific programmes, Switzerland focuses on prevention – particularly in connection with sexual and reproductive health programmes – and improving access to non-discriminatory treatment, care and support.

Non-health-related programmes also take this aspect into account in regions particularly affected by HIV/AIDS, such as the role of HIV-positive people and the impact the programme has on them and vice versa.

The SDC also supports different activities implemented by Swiss NGOs that are aimed at controlling HIV/AIDS at the international level, and assists them with networking and coordination in Switzerland.

In addition, the SDC works with the private sector and universities in this field.

Context

Significant progress has been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS but considerable challenges remain. An estimated 37 million people in the world are living with HIV. In 2017, a tipping point was reached. For the first time, more than half of all people living with HIV received treatment, which has helped to lower the number of HIV-related deaths – by 35% between 2005 and 2014 alone. However, around 25% of all HIV-positive people are not even aware of their infection, which is why they do not seek treatment. Nonetheless, the number of new cases between 1996 and 2017 went down by 47% – although this figure has stagnated since then and another 1.7 million people became infected in 2017. The stigma and discrimination faced by HIV-positive people and population groups particularly affected by HIV/AIDS remains a huge challenge. It hinders effective prevention and access to treatment and HIV-related healthcare.

Switzerland made a significant contribution to the development of psychosocial support services for children and young people affected by HIV/AIDS in a number of southern African countries, which is helping to reduce discrimination and improve their prospects for the future.

Documents

Mainstreaming HIV in practice
A toolkit with a collection of resources, checklists and examples on CD Rom for SDC and its partners
[en] (PDF, Number of pages 93, 9.9 MB, English)

United Nation's Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS
United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS, 25-27 June 2001
[en] (PDF, Number of pages 52, 684.8 kB)

[fr] (PDF, 684.8 kB)
[es] (PDF, Number of pages 53, 683.4 kB)

SDC HIV and AIDS Community of Practice
[en] (PDF, Number of pages 3, 801.0 kB, English)

Mainstreaming: A Response to HIV and AIDS in Humanitarian Assistance
[en] (PDF, Number of pages 3, 151.7 kB, English)

The Media in Education Trust Africa
[en] (PDF, Number of pages 3, 138.4 kB, English)

Parliamentarians for Global Action
[en] (PDF, Number of pages 3, 129.3 kB, English)

The Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative
[en] (PDF, Number of pages 4, 331.5 kB, English)

Technical Assistance for the World Food Programme's HIV and AIDS Response
[en] (PDF, 315.5 kB, English)

SDC Support for SolidarMed's Antiretroviral Treatment Project (Smart)
[en] (PDF, Number of pages 3, 169.4 kB, English)

A focus on psychosocial support
Africa Brief - November 2010
[en] (PDF, Number of pages 8, 1.2 MB, English)

Current projects

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BACKUP Health: Technical support for Global Fund country partners

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022

The Global Fund aims at ending AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria as epidemics. It works with country-based partners. The coordination mechanism through which these partners operate often requires technical assistance. SDC’s support to BACKUP Health is meant to improve the effectiveness of the coordinating mechanisms in order to ensure that the activities supported by the Global Fund  benefit the poor and vulnerable populations. Experiences gathered by the BACKUP Health in countries will be used to influence strategic decisions at Board level.


Youth Friendly Health Services in Moldova

01.11.2018 - 31.10.2020

Switzerland has supported Moldova in developing its youth friendly health services (YFHSs) and scaling them up to cover the entire country. The improved access to quality healthcare led to better health outcomes in adolescents, such as decreased alcohol use and incidence of sexually transmitted infections. The two-year exit phase of this project will focus on ensuring the sustainability of YFHSs and transferring the responsibility for matching the supply and demand for such services to relevant national and local institutions.


Contribution to the International AIDS Society Educational Fund Programme

01.11.2018 - 31.08.2020

Significant yet insufficient progress has been made in the HIV/AIDS response. The body of evidence is large and tools are available but they are not fast enough disseminated, contextualized and included into national policies and programmes. The Educational Fund addresses this by offering countries different tailor-made modules. Through Swiss support, the programme will increasingly embed HIV/AIDS into a broader health response.


Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV in prisons

01.10.2018 - 31.07.2024

Prisoners are a high-risk group when it comes to HIV and other communicable diseases. Nonetheless, little attention has been paid so far to address the need for HIV and AIDS and other health services in prisons. The project will improve HIV and health services for prisoners, including young women and men in seven countries of Southern Africa. At regional level, it will address policy issues that are adversely affecting the prison conditions and the rights of prisoners in the context of health and nutrition.


Gender transformative SRHR Systems for Improved HIV prevention

01.04.2018 - 31.03.2021

This programme contributes to the reduction of HIV infections and the improvement of sexual and reproductive health status of adolescents and young people in five Southern African countries. It strengthens capacities of communities and governments in mapping and addressing HIV and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) needs of young people and advocates for integrated regional policies and frameworks.


BACKUP Health Technical support for Global Fund country partners

01.07.2017 - 31.12.2019

Based in Geneva, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria does not have representations in the countries receiving its grants. To foster effective the implementation of its support, the Global Fund relies on coordination mechanisms that gather the main country-based partners, including people affected by the diseases. SDC co-financing of the BACKUP Health initiative aims at strengthening this multi-stakeholder management of Global Fund grants, reinforce accountability and increase the impact of the Global Fund.


Contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF)

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019

Health is a precondition, an indicator and an outcome of sustainable development. The Global Fund follows the vision of a world free of the burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria with better health for all. It channels a big share of the funds dedicated to end these epidemics that affect disproportionately the poorest and most vulnerable people. It does so in accordance to the Global Plans of its main multilateral  specialised partners. Since it was created, it has supported programmes that saved 20 million lives.


Contribution to the World Health Organisation (WHO)

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019

The World Health Organisation is the directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations system. WHO is a priority organisation for Switzerland’s development cooperation because its mandate is to ensure the highest attainable level of health and well-being for all. Its rights-based approach to health makes WHO a crucial partner for health equity and its normative function is a key source of strategic comparative advantage on the global health scene.


Contribution de programme à la plate-forme de Medicus Mundi Suisse (MMS)

01.01.2016 - 31.12.2019

Medicus Mundi Suisse regroupe 53 organisations non-gouvernementales suisses de coopération internationale qui travaillent dans le domaine de la santé. Ce réseau est mandaté par ses membres pour améliorer la qualité de leur travail en favorisant échange et capitalisation d’expériences. Il s’efforce aussi de sensibiliser le public suisse sur le droit à la santé. Sur la base de l’expérience de ses membres il contribue au dialogue sur les questions de santé globale avec les partenaires suisses et internationaux.


Contribution to UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS

01.01.2016 - 31.12.2019

HIV/AIDS continues to be a global public health and development challenge. UNAIDS is well positioned to guide and coordinate the global HIV/AIDS response through the provision of strategic information, analyses and political advocacy and leadership. UNAIDS contributes to prevent and reduce new HIV infections, AIDS related deaths and related stigma and discrimination. As such, UNAIDS significantly contributes to the SDG target of ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.


Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI)

01.01.2016 - 30.06.2020

The Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) supports policy development and provides technical support for the improvement of psychosocial wellbeing and mental wellness of children and young people to mitigate the negative impact of HIV and AIDS, poverty, and other vulnerabilities. It provides technical assistance to governments and non-governmental organizations to integrate and implement psychosocial support into social services, health and education in East and southern Africa.


Strengthening institutional capacity for treatment and care for HIV/AIDS patients

01.01.2016 - 31.12.2019

Swiss Aids Care International (SACI) runs a nurse led family centred clinic in Harare that offers comprehensive treatment, care and support of high quality to poor people infected by HIV. SACI trains nurses to take over clinical tasks previously reserved to doctors only to address the huge shortage on health services in Zimbabwe. SACI also develops and applies an efficient electronic medical record system. A recent external review rated SACI as a centre of excellence.

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