We can achieve more, have a greater impact and sustain positive change if we work in unison within a shared framework, and set common goals.
This is the vision that the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is all about – transforming the world through partnerships and a shared cause.
Not just because it makes sense to pool and direct our efforts – but also because it is necessary if we are to have a planet that is livable for all, everywhere.
A planet without discrimination and a world without AIDS.
If you want to go fast, go alone – if you want to go far, go together
Meet our partners
To the Danish AIDS Foundation partnerships and collaboration are core to how we work. From working in partnership with local organizations led by the vulnerable people that we work for – to global partnerships seeking to create innovative HIV prevention and treatment or ensure global attention to the issue of AIDS.
The Sustainable Development Goals
The Danish AIDS Foundation’s work is guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the importance of Leaving No One Behind.
It is natural to embrace the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as an important tool to deal with the issues we as humanity are facing – and in the case of the Danish AIDS Foundation, the issues that people at risk of contracting or already living with HIV are facing.
The work we do – from advocacy on the global scene to super local projects with grassroots partners – can therefore be linked to one or more corresponding Sustainable Development Goals.
On top of the list of goals that the Danish AIDS Foundation works to achieve is SDG 3 – with special attention to target 3.3
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable development.
By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases.
Below is a list of the SDGs that are most relevant in the fight against HIV. The Danish AIDS Foundation touches upon all to some extent.
The initial matching of SDGs to areas of relevance to the fight against HIV was done by UNAIDS.
By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
Poverty can increase vulnerability to HIV infection.
The unequal socioeconomic status of women affects their ability to prevent or mitigate the effects of HIV. Households affected by HIV are more vulnerable to falling into and remaining in poverty
Hunger can increase vulnerability to acquiring HIV by increasing risk-taking behaviour and negatively affecting treatment adherence.
Advanced HIV-related illness impairs nutritional status and undermines household food security by reducing productivity.
The majority of adolescents and young people globally do not have accurate and comprehensive knowledge about HIV.
Providing them with quality comprehensive sexuality education empowers them with the knowledge and skills they need to make responsible and informed health decisions to improve their self-esteem and to change harmful attitudes and gender and social norms.
Gender inequalities, discrimination, violence and harmful practices negatively affect women, girls, men and boys and increase the risk of HIV infection and its impact.
HIV is the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age (15–44 years old). Women living with HIV often face increased violence.
Safe and secure work environments facilitate access to HIV services, especially for workers in informal employment, such as undocumented migrants and sex workers.
Through the work environment, HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services reach mobile workers, migrant workers, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex workers, mine workers and other vulnerable workers.
HIV affects vulnerable and disempowered communities most severely. Stigma and discrimination against key populations is a major contributor to high HIV prevalence among them and is linked to lower access to health care and housing.
Protection against discrimination, alongside legal services, rights literacy, access to justice and international protection, can empower people to claim their rights and enhance access to HIV services.
HIV especially affects cities and urban areas, with 200 cities accounting for more than one quarter of the world’s people living with HIV.
With rapid urbanization, many cities contend with growing HIV epidemics; people living in slums often acquire HIV at higher rates than the rest of the city.
Exclusion, stigma, discrimination and violence fuel the HIV epidemic among adults and children.
The AIDS response, led by people living with and affected by HIV, has demanded access to justice and pioneered people-centred accountability mechanisms, providing lessons on which to build.
Global collective action to improve access to affordable HIV commodities is critical to ending the AIDS epidemic.
Efforts to secure affordable HIV commodities, including second- and third-line medicines, can benefit wider health and equity agendas, including for tuberculosis, hepatitis C and non-communicable diseases. Partnerships are critical to the SDG agenda and the AIDS response has been at the forefront of developing innovations in this area, particularly with civil society and communities.
Leaving No One Behind
Last but not least the SDGs rest on a very important principle of Leaving No One Behind. This principle permeates all of the SDGs and the aim is that it must inform any development effort so that the weakest part of the target, those hardest to reach, are considered and included.
Even if it is hard – and because it is hard.
Development efforts aimed at uplifting people aren’t complete if they cannot lift up those at the very bottom. The most vulnerable and the most marginalized.
Through its programme work the Danish AIDS Foundation targets some of the most vulnerable groups – it is core to the Danish AIDS Foundation’s mission to uplift the very people that we must not leave behind.
They are not an afterthought – they are at the top of our minds.
In addition the Danish AIDS Foundation uses any opportunity to remind governments and the world of the commitment to not leave anyone behind.