The Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) in partnership with the USP Diversity Program of USP’s Dean of Culture and University Extension and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launch today, October 15th, the Health, HIV / AIDS and Diversity Education Repository.
In the Repository it is possible to find scientific articles, lesson plans and videos, research, didactic-pedagogical materials, statistics and other normative documents on topics such as education, health and diversity, HIV, AIDS, sexuality, human rights and inclusion. Access is open, online is for free consultation, which favors the inclusion of people from civil and academic society. The Repository also provides materials in English and Spanish, in addition to Portuguese, so that the content has the potential to be disseminated also by people from other countries.
“Promoting spaces like the Repository is essential so that HIV is treated in an educational way and that we can prevent new HIV infections in young people ”, comments Claudia Velasquez, director and representative of UNAIDS in Brazil. The report Grab the opportunity: tackling the deep-seated inequalities to end epidemics, released by UNAIDS in July this year, shows that 21% of new HIV infections in Latin America in 2019 occurred in people between 15 and 24 years old. “Talking about HIV in youth is necessary for this percentage to decrease in the coming years and for us to end the AIDS epidemic as a threat to public health by 2030”, concludes Claudia.
The choice for the launch of the Repository on October 15 is due to the Brazilian date on which the Teacher’s Day, central figure for the development of the educational system in the country. “It is with great joy that we participate in this initiative, with partners of the importance of UNAIDS and USP”, highlights Marlova Jovchelovitch Noleto, Director and Representative of UNESCO in Brazil. “The Repository is a milestone for us to advance in actions that promote inclusion, equality, solidarity and the strengthening of respect for human rights. Access to quality education is essential for building peace, sustainable socio-economic development and also intercultural dialogue ”, he says.
The initiative is coordinated by professor Ana Paula Morais Fernandes, from USP. The Repository is one of the products of the USP Diversity Program, which is linked to the USP Community Program of USP’s Dean of Culture and University Extension and aims to develop actions that encourage equality, solidarity, inclusion, promotion and strengthening respect for human rights. “Diversity promotes the development of talents, perspectives and experiences that build a more innovative, prosperous and inclusive society. In this context, the university has the potential to generate and disseminate correct and secure knowledge, ideas and information that corroborate social development. Thus, this Repository has the role of gathering, offering, disseminating and providing access to reliable information to be used in research, education and citizen training ”, says the professor.
The USP dean of Culture and University Extension, professor Maria Aparecida de Andrade Moreira Machado, highlights the opportune moment of launching the platform: “Although it has been under construction for a few months, this material reaches the public in a context in which that it is important to remember that several viruses and epidemics remain active and relevant. We cannot relegate any of them to the background, under risks not only health, but also social “, he comments.
Alignment with Sustainable Development goals
As part of UNAIDS ‘mandate, support for the Repository assists in the development of 4 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the 2030 agenda: 3. Good health and well-being; 4. Quality education; 5. Gender equality and 17. Partnerships and means of implementation. The use of these materials by people from civil society, students, teachers and the academic community contributes to the SDGs being sought in an interconnected way and acting preventively in relation to the future of the planet.
How to access
To access the platform and follow the available content, it is not necessary to create an account. Just access the Repository website and browse the Culture and extension, Normative Documents, Teaching and Research categories. To suggest materials or leave feedback on the Repository, just contact us by e-mail [email protected]