To commemorate its 10th anniversary, UN Plus conducted an evaluation exercise to review its successes and achievements as well as document its challenges and obstacles. The summary and the full report are available for download here.
UN Plus supports Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention, which was developed by the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
Please download the copies of the Policy Framework and the Operational Guidelines here for wider distribution and implementation.
By Evelyn Jonazi (UN Plus/UNAIDS Malawi)
(a) UN Malawi holds UN Wellness Day
The UN in Malawi recently held their annual UN Wellness Day at Peak Gardens in the capital city, Lilongwe, with the aim of reminding the UN personnel of the importance of adopting health seeking behavior.
Ms. Mia Seppo, the Resident Coordinator, led the UN Country Team in signing the pledge against stigma and discrimination in the UN work place in Malawi and in reaffirming the UNCT’s commitment to zero stigma and discrimination in the UN workplace and beyond.
During the official opening, the UN Plus Malawi chapter led the candlelight memorial to remember all those who have lost their lives to AIDS. The ceremony was facilitated by Mrs. Evelyn Jonazi, UN Plus Advisory Group Chairperson, and Mrs. Miriam Nyoni, a member of the Country Chapter Executive Committee.
The day-long event provided UN personnel and their families the opportunity to have health related consultations with doctors, physiotherapists and dentists who were present in the event. There were also blood donation facilities.
The UN Plus Malawi Chapter has recorded zero AIDS-related deaths since the last UN Wellness Day in 2014 and continues to enjoy a great partnership with UN Cares Malawi and the UNCT.
Dr. Pierre Somse, the Deputy Regional Director for the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa, has completed his week-long mission to the warm heart of Africa, Malawi.
During the mission, Dr. Somse held a series of meetings with key government ministers and officials as well as donors and civil society organizations. He also met with Mrs. Evelyn Jonazi, the UN PLUS Advisory Group Chairperson, and discussed about the UN Plus response to the epidemic in the Eastern and Southern Africa region.
UN Plus Joins the Zero Discrimination Campaign in Malawi
By Evelyn Jonazi (UN Plus/UNAIDS Malawi)
Leadership in the AIDS response requires a strong sense of social justice and social change. In order to end AIDS, ensuring health, dignity and security as well as enabling social, cultural and work environment for those affected by the epidemic is critical. At the same time, stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV remain a major challenge that needs to be addressed.
This is why UN Plus Malawi joined the Zero Discrimination Day led by the First Lady of Malawi. UN Plus was at the heart of the campaign on the day. In solidarity, we can halt HIV and end AIDS.
With much enthusiasm from his study visit to Rwanda, our representative in DRC, Mr. Oba Sebahire, participated in the UN Day held at the MONUSCO compound in Bukavu. Having set up his booth next to the HIV Section of MONUSCO, he handed out some posters, flyers and other information materials of both UN Plus and UN Cares to such agencies as UNFPA, FAO, UNICEF and UNOPS.
Mr. Sebahire feels that there are much more to be done in DRC to disseminate information about UN Plus and UN Cares among UN staff members since only few of them are aware of who they are.
With a view to building capacity of UN Plus chapters at the country level, UN Plus has been facilitating some exchanges among the chapters to learn from each other’s experiences. In particular, visits of the chapters who are relatively new and small to the chapters with a longer history and a larger number of members have been vigorously encouraged ¾ so that the capacity of the new and small chapters can be built and strengthened.
In September this year, a representative of UN Plus in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mr. Oba Sebahire, visited the UN Plus Country Chapter in Rwanda. He was welcomed by Ms. Yvonne Kasine, who is the core member of UN Plus and UN Cares in Rwanda. She is also currently serving on the Advisory Group of UN Plus. Mr. Sebahire’s objective was to learn from the experiences of the UN Plus Country Chapter in Rwanda, particularly in regard to the outreach and the mobilization of staff living with HIV in the country. During his stay in Kigali, he also met with UNAIDS and UNICEF representatives as well as the UN Cares Team. It is expected that the country chapter in DRC will be further active in outreach, support and advocacy for staff living with HIV under the leadership of Mr. Sebahire.
UN Plus Joins the “Getting to Zero at Work” Campaign
The Vice-Chair of the UN Plus Advisory Group has joined the ILO’s “Getting to Zero at Work” campaign. UN Plus is proud to be part of the campaign, which is supported by numerous celebrities, activists and politicians including heads of UN agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Please visit here to see the campaign poster in which the Vice-Chair has appeared.
UN Plus at AIDS 2014
UN Plus gave its presence at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), which is held in Melbourne, Australia from July 20 to 25, 2014. The UN Plus exhibition is housed under the UNAIDS Family booth alongside with UN Cares. If you are at the Conference, please visit us!
During his visit to Pakistan UNSG Special Envoy on AIDS in Asia & the Pacific Mr. J.V.R. Prasada Rao met with the only representative of UN Plus in Pakistan Masood Fareed Malik [Global Advisory Group Member] and acknowledged the work of UN Plus is doing for the HIV positive staff members all over the world. Mr. Rao reconfirmed his committed and full support in creating an enabling environment for all HIV positive staff members irrespective of the level of their HIV status disclosure.