What Happened at the 52nd UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board Meeting?

By July 24, 2023 Advocacy

Cambodian Delegation contribution to UNAIDS PCB Meeting in Geneva

Statement for Agenda Item 5:
Update on strategic human resources management issues
(27 June 2023)

Good afternoon, distinguished colleagues.

1.  The RGC would like to take this opportunity to express our thankful appreciation to UNAIDS for its excellent support to our national HIV response for more than two decades.

2.  On the particular human resources management issues, I would like to let you know that UNAIDS Office Cambodia is not only supporting Cambodia but acts as a multi-Country Office covering also covers Lao PDR and Malaysia. We might think that this example is not unique in our case.  

3.  From a small team of three people, UNAIDS office has been performing incredible tasks on critical strategic, normative, programmatic, technical, and financial support to three countries.  We appreciate the technical, managerial and leadership skills of UNAIDS officer and staff.

4.  In the past year alone, UNAIDS has most notably provided support to Cambodia on Programmatic and Institutional support:

  • Programmatic focus
    • Technical assistance to the development of the Global Fund cycle 7 request, update of the Sustainability Roadmap, and technical assistance to the midterm review of the National Strategic Plans for Health Sector and the Multi-sectoral response
    • Strategic information generation, reporting, and use, including annual updates to estimates and investment models (Optima).
    • Introduction and scale up of innovative combination HIV prevention and treatment, specifically in this instance, PrEP and HIV self-testing
  • Structural / Institutional Strengthening
    • Social mobilization and strengthening of community networks capacities to lead community responses
    • Advancing HIV sensitive social protection and building enabling environment/human rights and gender related issues
    • Assisting participation in global platforms such as this PCB, the Global Partnership on Stigma and Discrimination, and the Fast Track Cities Initiative

5.  As the coordinator and secretariat to the UN Joint Team on HIV in Cambodia, UNAIDS Secretariat is making coordinating and catalytic roles to support the country system.

6.  In closing this short remark, we believe that we cannot end AIDS if we act only on biomedical approach. In this regard, Cambodia is moving in developing and implementing the National Policy ending AIDS and sustaining the response.

7.  To leave no one behind and to address the inequalities, we are looking forward for a more support from UNAIDS in moving the response upstream and empowering and strengthening key institutions and community to play critical roles in achieving 95-95-95 and 10-10-10 targets.

I thank you.


Statement for Thematic Segment
(28 June 2023)

Distinguished Panelists.

1.  Regarding the data, inequalities and KP, let me share what we have done and plan to work on these issues.

2.  In Cambodia, with the support of UNAIDS, the Optima modelling estimates that more than 10,000 people will be infected by 2030, if we fail to get the right interventions (in the right scale) in the right locations for the people who need it.

  • a.  Let us start with People: the data tells us that more than 50% of those 10, 000 or 5,000 are Young MSM, Young TG Young EW and their partners.  … Gen Z!
  • b.  And where are they? The data told us that KP are concentrated in 3 Provinces and in Phnom Penh which account more than 68% of all Key Populations in the country. These are the areas where we introduced the FTCI with the support of UNAIDS.
  • c.  What kind of interventions?
    • i.  Programmatic area
      • With the early adoption of global HIV guidance, we adopt innovative   prevention (social media, PDI+, Mobile Van, Virtual and Physical Outreach, …), HIV Self testing, expanding the provision of PrEP services (now 10,000) and we plan in our GC7 application for an expansion 64,000 in the next 3 years.
    • ii.  Enabling and structural area
      • We include key populations MSM, TG, EW and PLHIV in the national and sub-national response mechanism.
      • KP are actively involved in designing services with the community which include community-based HIV testing, HIV self-testing, and provision of PrEP services run by CBOs.
      • M&E: Currently the KP networks works in 7 high burden provinces are collecting data on CLM which include not only HIV and AIDS program but also on GBV, Social protection and S&D. We plan to increase CLM to 11 Provinces in the next three years.

3.  In closing, we believe that when KP especially Young People are joining Health Care workers/ social Workers and the Policy makers, the triangle is formed.

4.  Our upcoming National Policy on ending AIDS and sustaining the response includes the triangle to address the inequalities and to leave no one behind.

5.  We are committed to own the response by strengthening our institutional capacity on Leadership, Partnership, and Investment as guided by the data.

6.  More importantly, it is a matter of Gen X and Y listening to Gen Z ! and we work together!

I thank you.


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