Suva: UNAIDS Pacific Region, 2009. 150 p.
UNAIDS Pacific Region
The Pacific is home to some of the world's smallest, least developed, and most isolated communities. Development progress over the past 30 years, particularly in economic growth and poverty reduction, has been slow, uneven, and in some countries, even negative. Pacific island countries have also experienced pockets of instability with social and political unrest, civil conflicts and natural disasters all contributing to the region's development burden. The region's vulnerability is compounded by the impacts of climate change and globalization. As the region struggles with these and other challenges, HIV is posing an additional threat. The HIV epidemic has had enormous health, social and economic consequences throughout the world. In the Pacific, the failure to effectively slow the epidemic will undoubtedly have a direct and significant impact on national and regional social, health, and economic development gains. It was within this context that UNAIDS established an independent Commission on AIDS in the Pacific in October 2007 with a mandate to study and consider the real and potential impacts of HIV on the Pacific region, and to recommend strategies for accelerated and strengthened responses to HIV. In this Report, the Commission draws on existing and new research to make recommendations for policy makers, programme implementers, development partners, communities, people living with HIV and all those concerned about the impact of and responses to HIV and AIDS in the Pacific. The Commission concludes that the Pacific region has, despite limited capacity, a poor evidence base, high levels of risk taking behaviours and vulnerabilities, made fairly good progress in responding to HIV. However, increased political and civil society engagement and commitment will be needed to sustain the region's response.
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