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HIV/AIDS Education

HIV/AIDS Education

UNESCO's action against HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa

UNESCO supports responses to HIV and AIDS that are inclusive and sensitive to the needs and issues of all of the population, but with particular attention to key populations especially vulnerable to HIV and young people in school settings.

UNESCO also supports responses that are gender and age responsive, culturally appropriate, evidence-informed, grounded in human rights, and involve people living with HIV and other vulnerable populations at all stages.


Led by UNESCO with the collaboration of UNAIDS cosponsors and other key stakeholders, EDUCAIDS -the Global Initiative on Education and HIV & AIDS - seeks to promote, develop and support comprehensive education sector responses to HIV and AIDS.

EDUCAIDS has two primary goals:
- To prevent the spread of HIV through education
- To protect the core functions of the education system from the worst effects of the epidemic.

Through EDUCAIDS, UNESCO and its partners support efforts at the country level to promote comprehensive education sector responses to HIV and AIDS; plan and prioritise actions; and build partnerships and promote coordination.

Recognizing the vital role of the education sector in the national response to AIDS, the UNAIDS Committee of Cosponsoring Organizations (CCO) launched EDUCAIDS in March 2004. EDUCAIDS has also been designated by UNESCO’s Executive Board as one of three core UNESCO initiatives to achieve Education for All (EFA).

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