The United Nations Joint Support Programme on HIV/AIDS (JUPSA)

What is the project about

An HIV/AIDS camp being held in Kawempe Sub-division Kampala. Under AMICAAL, the JUPSA programme promotes HIV/AIDS testing, counselling and treatment in various urban centres (Photo Credit: UNDPUganda 2014).

The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS (UN-JUPSA) is a global programme aimed at improving the UN and Multilateral System coordination of HIV/AIDS. This was as part of efforts to achieve efficient use of resources and enhance ownership of the response by national governments as key players in building an effective HIV response.

JUPSA in Uganda aims to promote and strengthen national leadership and ownership of the HIV response and  is aligned to the current United Nations Development Assistance Frame (UNDAF), the national HIV strategic plan and the three priority areas of the UNAIDS vision of getting to Zero New Infections, Zero AIDS-related Deaths and Zero Discrimination.

The programme is in line with Uganda’s aspirations expressed in the National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan 2011- 2014 of   achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, halting and reversing the spread of HIV and contribute to achievement of other Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). UNDP focuses on two main out comes within the JUPSA programme, these include;

  • Strengthening National capacity to lead, plan, coordinate, implement, monitor and evaluate the national HIV response and;
  • Improving laws, policies and practices to support an effective HIV response.

Implementation of the Programme; JUPSA is managed through three tier structural arrangement, the management structure comprises Thematic Working Groups (TWGs), Core Management Group (CMG) and Joint Steering Committee (JSC). With clearly denied terms of reference and membership composition, these structures are intended to facilitate effective delivery of UN support on HIV and AIDS in the national response.

The Joint Steering Committee has broad-based membership drawing representatives from the UN Country Team (UNCT), Uganda AIDS Commission, Ministry of Health and other key Government Ministries, Partnership Committee, AIDS Development Partners (ADP), donors, representatives of People Living with HIV (PLHIV), relevant Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the private sector. Among the three thematic working groups (Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support plus Governance and Human Rights) UNDP gives leadership on the governance and Human rights thematic working group.

UNDP plays an administrative role for JUPSA as per the UNCT guidelines. It supports national policies, programmes and linking action against HIV/AIDS through capacity building, coordination and improving laws and policies to support an effective HIV response.

Implementing partners; The UNDP Component of the programme is implemented by the Alliance of Mayors' Initiative for Community Action on AIDS (AMICAALL) Uganda Chapter, as the leading partner overseeing the running of the project in the country.

Other partners include, the Uganda Network on AIDS Service Organisation (UNASO), Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET) and the Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD).

What have we accomplished so far

So far, the project has;

  • Improved national and local government capacity to mainstream HIV/AIDS and gender issues in planning and policy processes.
  • Engaged civil society including PLHIV and young people in the national HIV response.
  • Built capacity of national institutions to identify and implement relevant laws, policies and practices that undermine and support effective response to HIV and AIDS.
  • Ensured reformed Laws, policies and practices that block the effective HIV/AIDS response.
  • Built capacity of CSO’s to implement the National Action Plan for Women and Girls. 

Who Finances it?

The four year programme which started in 2011 and ends in 2014 is funded to a tune of USD 3,219,408 for the JUPSA-UNDP projects; with USD 2,064,848 from UNDP Core resources (2012-2014) and USD 1,154,560 from Irish Aid and Department of International Development (DFID).

Project Overview
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Focus Area:
HIV/AIDS - Democratic Governance
Project officer:
Sarah Nakku