COHESODEC’s Adherence / Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (S.D.G’s)
Since COHESODEC started fighting against HIV/AIDS, more than 500,000 people in Cameroon have become infected with HIV and about 175,000 have died from AIDS-related illnesses. COHESODEC has led and inspired national and local leadership, innovation and partnership to ultimately consign HIV to history.
COHESODEC is a problem-solver. It places people living with HIV and people affected by the virus at the decision-making table and at the centre of designing, delivering and monitoring the AIDS response. It contributes significantly to chart paths for communities to get on the Fast-Track to ending AIDS and is a bold advocate for addressing the legal and policy barriers to the AIDS response in the country.
COHESODEC Cameroon’s Management Board provides the strategic direction, advocacy, coordination and technical support needed to catalyze and connect leadership from the government, the private sector and communities to deliver life-saving HIV services. Without COHESODEC, there would be no strategic vision for the HIV/AIDS response in Cameroon.
COHESODEC generates strategic information and analysis that increases the understanding of the state of the AIDS epidemic and progress made at the local and national levels. It leads the country’s most extensive data collection on HIV epidemiology, program coverage and publishes the most authoritative and up-to-date information on the HIV epidemic—vital for an effective HIV/AIDS response. We produce data for impact in the fight against the epidemic.
COHESODEC Cameroon is a model for national reforms and is one of the major organizations with much experience and expertise in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Cameroon. It draws on the experience and expertise of other national and international organizations as well as other civil society stakeholders in defining it’s policies, programs and projects aimed at stemming the disease.
COHESODEC has helped to position, shape and scale up the response to HIV in collaboration with many other organizations, encouraging dialogue and bringing in communities that have been left out of decision-making. Without COHESODEC, the human rights of people living with HIV would have been held back and the voice of the civil society would be heard far less often in Cameroon.
COHESODEC has help in transforming national policy in Cameroon. We have also shaped public policy on HIV at the national and local levels. The organization has mobilized investment for sound national policy using evidence, experience and political advocacy, built health and community systems, established legal frameworks and shaped public opinion towards creating healthy and resilient societies.
COHESODEC Cameroon has offices in 6 of the 10 regions of Cameroon, with 90% of its staff based in the field as it hopes to establish it’s offices in all the 10 regions of Cameroon by 2020.
COHESODEC WORKING WITH PARTNERS TOWARDS THE S.D.G’s FAST-TRACK COMMITMENTS; —90-90-90: Treatment for all; an ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic.
Ending the AIDS epidemic is more than a historic obligation to the several hundreds of thousands of people who have died of the disease in Cameroon. It also represents a momentous opportunity to lay the foundation for a healthier, more just and equitable society for future generations. Ending the AIDS epidemic will inspire broader global health and development efforts, demonstrating what can be achieved through global solidarity, evidence-based action and multi-sectoral partnerships.
Although many strategies will be needed to close the book on the AIDS epidemic, one thing is certain. It will be impossible to end the epidemic without bringing HIV treatment to all who need it down in the grassroots and local communities.
As the world contemplates the way forward to end epidemic by 2030, a final target is needed to drive progress towards the concluding chapter of the AIDS epidemic in promoting accountability and unite diverse stakeholders in a common effort to stem the disease. Whereas previous AIDS targets sought to achieve incremental progress in the response, the aim in the post-2015 era is nothing less than the end of the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Powerful momentum is now building towards stepping up HIV treatment and a new, final, ambitious, but achievable target as follows:
- By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.
- By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.
- By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.
COHESODEC Cameroon, the fight against HIV/AIDS and S.D.G’s to step up HIV/AIDS response in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: joint work, shared gains.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development reflects the interdependence and complexity of a changing world and the imperative for global collective action. In shifting from so-called development for the poorest countries to sustainable development for all, the global agenda has expanded in scope and complexity. As a set of indivisible goals, the SDGs give all stakeholders a mandate for integration of efforts. The AIDS response is no exception: the epidemic cannot be ended without addressing the determinants of health and vulnerability, and the holistic needs of people at risk of and living with HIV. People living with HIV often live in fragile communities and are most affected by discrimination, inequality and instability. Their concerns must be at the forefront of sustainable development efforts.
By extension, lessons learned from the multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder AIDS response are key to progress across the SDGs. The AIDS response has advanced such issues as the right to health, gender equality, health information systems, service delivery platforms, commodity access, security and social protection. The response has garnered substantial experience in addressing entrenched social norms, social exclusion and legal barriers that undermine health and development outcomes, and its investment approach is increasingly being adopted to accelerate gains across global health and development. The AIDS response can be a leader in leveraging strategic intersections with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while disseminating lessons learned from three decades of unprecedented progress.