On June 21, 2021, USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health (USC IIGH) Director Sofia Gruskin and Director of Research Laura Ferguson presented their evaluation on the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, published with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as part of a larger event to determine strategies to remove legal and structural barriers to end AIDS by 2030. This event began with a presentation of the findings of the evaluation and provided the framework for participants to discuss how these lessons can inform concrete actions to deliver on the Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026, the 2021 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, and the new Strategy of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The event included judges, practitioners, lawyers and other partners from APCOM, the International Community of Women Living with HIV/ Positive Women Ukraine, Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network (KELIN), UNAIDS and the US Department of State.
The event explored the fulfillment of the Commission’s objectives, considered the perspectives and experiences of representatives from government, law and policymakers, civil society including those most marginalized and affected by HIV, as well as United Nations agencies and other development partners. The results are helping to discern best practices, in particular the critical challenges and success factors necessary to improve the health and rights of affected communities across the region. Read the evaluation report below.
During the webinar, panelists discussed strategies to address HIV-related legal and structural barriers in the current moment and provided insight into the lessons learned. Watch the webinar below.