Left behind in HIV and COVID-19 responses: common problems and solutions for resilient communities, public health and SDGs
Thursday, 16 July 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Virtual (New York time)
Organiser – UNAIDS Co-organisers (ALL TBC): UN - OHCHR, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC; Governments – Bangladesh, Netherlands, Switzerland; Civil Society – GATE (Trans, Gender Diverse and Intersex Advocacy in Action), GNP+ (Global Network of People Living with HIV), ICW (International Community of Women Living with HIV), MPact (Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights), INPUD (International Network of People Who Use Drugs), NSWP (Global Network of Sex Work Projects), OutRight Action International.
Gains made in HIV response (creation of community-led approaches to health, removal of discriminatory laws) are having a direct positive impact on vulnerable communities during COVID-19. Meanwhile, structural barriers that have persisted in HIV are now leaving the same vulnerable communities behind in COVID-19. The panel will explore the experiences of PLHIV and key populations under COVID-19 and how to realise lessons learned to promote transformative responses that leave no one behind, protect public health, create resilient communities, in COVID-19 and beyond. The event convenes representatives from governments, UN, key populations and other stakeholders to share challenges and good practices. Leaving no one behind is not only critical to ensure that the COVID response is effective, but also to make sure that it is in line with the SDGs (especially SDGs 3, 5, 1, 10, 16). Empowered and engaged communities can play a transformative role in responding to epidemics, in building back better by promoting social inclusion and resilience and accelerating achievement of the SDGs.