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Advisory Group on Health

HIV/AIDS and the well-being of mothers and children are two critical areas in health and development. Our Advisory Group on Health works to end the epidemic and significantly improve the health of women and children everywhere.

Its work is part of our overall commitment to health and to helping achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Set up in 2006, initially to focus on HIV/AIDS before expanding its remit to include Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), the group helps parliaments to create effective laws to respond better to HIV/AIDS and to ensure access to health care for mothers and children. It fights discrimination and punitive legislation, and addresses the direct link between HIV/AIDS and women’s sexual and reproductive health rights.

It guides parliaments on implementing international commitments on HIV/AIDS and MNCH, helps design information and training material for MPs to strengthen parliamentary action on the issues, and conducts field visits to assess national responses to international commitments, and to scrutinize the process for law reform. It documents good practices and makes recommendations for change.

The Advisory Group can take action to support parliaments which have asked for assistance on either HIV/AIDS or MNCH. Help can be offered to deal with the specific issues such as increasing access to medicines, health care, improving the legal framework or improving human rights.

Broad areas of focus normally include legislation and its enforcement, discrimination, access to treatment and the situation of children, especially orphans. 

The Group is the only IPU body which includes technical partners with an advisory role. Current partners are UNAIDS, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, the World Health Organization and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

Meeting twice a year and reporting to the IPU Governing Council, its members are all experts in the field. They are appointed by our President for a single four-year term. The chairperson is elected by the group's members.

Composition

Ms. G. Katuta Mwelwa

Zambia
Chairperson
End of mandate: Jun 2023

Mr. J. Echániz

Spain
Vice-President
End of mandate: Sep 2023

Ms. P. Bayr

Austria
Member
End of mandate: Sep 2023

Ms. E.C.L. Morales

Cuba
Member
End of mandate: Jul 2023

Mr. S. Jaiswal

India
Member
End of mandate: Jun 2022

Mr. Rakan Y. H. Alnusef

Kuwait
Member
End of mandate: Oct 2023

Ms. S. Núñez Cerón

Mexico
Member
End of mandate: Jun 2023

Ms. H. Al-Helaissi

Saudi Arabia
Member
End of mandate: Jun 2023

Mr. S. M. Dhlomo

South Africa
Member
End of mandate: Oct 2023

Ms. O. Atanyazova

Uzbekistan
Member
End of mandate: Sep 2022

Ms. B. Lee

United States of America
Special advisor

Ms. U. Karlsson

Sweden
Special advisor
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