Formerly the United Nations Special Programme on AIDS, this program is a direct responsibility of the UN Secretary General, in recognition of the global reach, number of cases and deaths, and unprecedented spread of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. It has direct functional connections with other UN bodies, including the International Labour Organization, United Nations Children's Fund, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Population Fund, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Food Programme, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the World Bank, and the World Health Organization, collectively known as the ten cosponsors. UNAIDS is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating statistical data on AIDS and HIV infection, guiding and facilitating AIDS prevention and control programs in many countries, and advocating for greater emphasis on this huge public health problem. As of January 2006, HIV/AIDS has affected more than 42 million people and caused more than 12 million deaths. For more information and details, see http://www.unaids.org.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.