in Latin America and the Caribbean
C.E.M. da Silva
LAC COPRECOS, Advisory Council, Niteroi, Brazil
Security Council, in 2000, adopted Resolution 1308 recognizing the threat posed
by HIV/AIDS to international and national security. The UN Declaration of
Commitment on HIV/AIDS in 2001 also included national Uniformed Services as a
UN peacekeeping deployment in 2008 reached a historic level, with 113,724
region is an important UN troop contributing, currently 19,557, yearly and also
an important troop receiving currently 9,055 troops from 46 different countries
in MINUSTAH (Haiti).
Description: In a historical ante
vision of the HIV/Security implications, in 1992 was created the Committee of
Prevention and Control of the HIV/AIDS in the Armed Forces and National Polices
of Latin America and the Caribbean - LAC COPRECOS.
A “Mutual Aid Statement” between UNAIDS
and LAC COPRECOS was established in 2005 and together they have being promoting a regional strategic, strengthening local
capacities, coordinating HIV/Security projects and south
to south cooperation.
Fourteen LAC countries developed HIV/ Security response projects developed due to formal agreements with the
Ministry of Health, Defense and Interior.
Lessons learned: Main achievements: the enforcement of the LAC
nationals HIV/Security responses with the involvement of decision makers, economy
on implementing a regional strategy; the inclusion of the HIV thematic involving
cross cutting issues like, human rights, gender equity, stigma and
discrimination in the academic curriculum of the Uniformed Services academies.
Main gaps: uniformed service personnel`s low
perception about their own vulnerability to HIV, the great deal of homophobia and
gender imbalance in LAC; few PLHIV support groups for uniformed personnel; and LAC countries economic restrictions.
Next steps: In 2009 to obtain the necessary funds to address the identified
gaps, LAC COPRECOS with technical assistance of UNAIDS, submitted a
multi-country proposal to the Ninth Round of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria obtaining the “category 2b”.
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