UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.
For further information please refer to UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development Strategy 2016-2021: Connecting the Dots. The strategy elaborates UNDP’s work on HIV and health in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda).
UNDP is committed to the achievement of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) which reflect the increasing complexity of the health and development landscape, including widening economic and social inequality, rapid urbanization and the increasing frequency and impact of humanitarian crises. It highlights the need to adopt an integrated approach to health and development in order to ensure progress across the SDGs. This means using a strategic approach that harnesses key synergies across the goals and delivers shared gains. Health is one key area where successful outcomes can positively impact multiple SDGs. For example, good health can make important contributions to achieving gender equality and empowering women, reducing inequalities, providing access to justice and ending poverty and hunger; Similarly, advances in these areas can in return benefit health.
UNDP has an important role in supporting the achievement of specific targets within the SDGs such as:
Countries in crisis or post-crisis contexts face significant capacity constraints. Resilient systems for health are especially needed where political turmoil persists and where natural disasters are most prone to strike. A targeted approach ensures the most vulnerable are reached. UNDP continues to work with governments to help focus on geographic areas where needs are elevated or where epidemics present a public health concern. More investments in health and community systems can ensure that those most in need receive the assistance integral to their survival and well-being.
Universal health coverage is unattainable when systemic discrimination persists. Since AIDS is a disease of inequality, socially marginalized communities are disproportionately affected. UNDP is committed to reducing inequality and promoting inclusion, and is working with partners to tackle stigma and discrimination and remove punitive laws to enable universal access to health and social services. As a co-sponsor of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) UNDP supports the implementation of the new UNAIDS 2016–2021 Strategy to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. The strategy’s focus on key SDGs (health, gender equality, inequalities, peaceful and inclusive societies, means of implementation) and the critical linkages between HIV, health (including sexual and reproductive health and rights), inequality, poverty and conflict are of particular importance to UNDP.
One of UNDP’s major roles in moving towards universal health coverage is in supporting the implementation of Global Fund grants in countries facing very difficult circumstances and serious capacity constraints ensuring that funds can reach all countries including those impacted by conflict. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) is an innovative public-private partnership that has played a crucial role in the world's efforts to respond successfully to the three diseases. In the 10 years since it was created, the Global Fund has raised over US$20 billion to co-finance large-scale prevention, treatment and care programmes in over 150 countries. These investments have generated impressive results, contributing significantly to global progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. UNDP’s partnership with the Global Fund is a powerful contributor to health-related development goals, through the key role it plays in supporting countries facing challenging circumstances to strengthen their institutions, systems for health and enable access to essential health services.