Overview & Objectives
An integrated approach to the management of HIV and SRHR makes ‘good people sense’, benefiting clients and service providers alike, and is likely to improve the cost-efficiency of service provision.
The European Union and the Governments of Sweden and Norway are supporting the joint UNAIDS/UNFPA SRHR and HIV Linkages project in Southern Africa.
This seeks to overcome barriers to strengthening linkages between SRHR and HIV policies, programmes and services in seven countries in Southern Africa.
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The sub-regional project will run for the period 2011 – 2016 with a funding level of $15 million. It includes the integration of HIV and AIDS and SRHR in national health and broader development strategies, plans and budgets, and catalytic action to strengthen health systems and stimulate formulation and dissemination of lessons learned in the Southern Africa region.
These will contribute to increased access to and use of a broad range of quality services and the achievement of the goals of universal access to reproductive health (MDGs 3, 4 and 5) and HIV prevention, treatment, care and support (MDG 6) by 2015.
Within the context of expanding access to integrated HIV and SRHR services, the project focuses on three main result areas:
1. Support 7 countries to allow full linking of HIV & AIDS and SRHR in national health and broader development strategies, plans and budgets;
2. Enable 3 countries (Botswana, Malawi and Swaziland) to better integrate SRHR and HIV services and scale them up effectively;
3. Stimulate formulation and dissemination of lessons learned in the region, formulate best practices and facilitate South-South cooperation in this field.