UNESCO in Brazil in partnership with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the University of São Paulo (USP) launched the Repository of Comprehensive Education in Health, HIV / AIDS and Diversity.
The initiative will bring together scientific articles, research, and didactic-pedagogical materials, among others, on topics such as education, health, HIV, and human rights.
Director and Representative of UNAIDS in Brazil, Claudia Velasquez said, “Promoting spaces like the Repository is essential for HIV to be treated in an educational manner and for us to prevent new HIV infections in young people. The report Grabbing 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.”
Director and Representative of UNESCO in Brazil, Marlova Jovchelovitch Noleto highlighted, “It is with great joy that we participate in this initiative, with partners of the importance of UNAIDS and USP. 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 socioeconomic development and also intercultural dialogue.”
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.
The access is online, open, and 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.
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.