Raising the HIV Awareness of Uniformed Personnel in Sudan

In partnership with the UN DDR Unit, UNFPA, UNDP and the UN Mission in Sudan (UN 2010) supported DDR interventions to  address HIV, promote human development, and provide psychosocial support and reproductive health services. The Mission’s work involved close collaboration with the North and Southern Sudan DDR Commissions, the Sudan Armed Forces, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and the Sudan National AIDS Programme.

Activities included:

  • Vulnerability and capacity assessments of women associated with the armed forces.
  • Training demobilized ex-combatants, women associated with the armed forces and community members on HIV/sexual and reproductive health/gender-based violence through a trainer-training programme.
  • Implementing public information campaigns to raise awareness and sensitize receiving communities about HIV.
  • Developing referral networks with existing providers to ensure service coverage in receiving communities.
  • Supporting access to reproductive health services and STI testing and treatments.
  • Supporting access to voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) for ex-combatants and women associated with the armed forces.
  • Training reintegration counsellors on HIV, sexual and reproductive health and gender- based violence.

Source found in: Security Sector Reform: Integrated Technical Guidance Notes, United Nations SSR Task Force, 2012. p 55.