Genesis will continue to manage the East and Southern African region of the UNAIDS technical support mechanism (TSM) from 2020 to 2022, following a successful first two years in partnership with Oxford Policy Management. The TSM facilitates provision of timely, high quality technical support and capacity development services to countries across the globe in contributing to improved HIV programming and strengthened community and health systems.
UNAIDS plays a critical role in leading the global community to meet the needs of populations that have been previously left behind by the AIDS response. As part of the sustainable development goals (SDG), it also works towards ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
UNAIDS, as an independent body, can engage with priority communities and populations to control epidemics. Key and vulnerable populations, such as sex workers, people who use drugs, men who have sex with men, and other groups, are those most affected by the epidemic, but are the least likely to have representation in decision making about policy and programmes. Technical support can assist in amplifying these voices, create platforms for meaningful engagement, generate specific evidence, and refine programmes to respond to the needs of communities who benefit the most.
Over the past two years, Genesis has facilitated technical support to 19 countries across the region. This translates to managing 6,066 consulting days, valued at $3.67 million. Genesis also provides routine monitoring of the mechanism to ensure that the technical support strategically contributes to the wider SDG of ending AIDS by 2030. The team looks forward to the next two years in helping unlock value across the region as the global AIDS community moves into a new cycle of funding Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria, and improves HIV/AIDS programming across the globe.