Monaco. “Vers Monaco sans sida”: an integrated policy on HIV/AIDS (2019)



Monaco has been implementing an integrated policy on combating HIV/AIDS since 1988 and continues to expand it. The policy has resulted setting up a free, anonymous screening centre, organizing prevention and screening campaigns in schools and businesses and through the media, and mobilizing civil society through associations, such as Fight Aids Monaco, which is chaired by H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie in partnership with the public authorities. In 2018, Monaco became a member of the Fast Track Cities network and signed the Paris Declaration ”Vers Monaco sans sida” [“Towards Monaco without AIDS”], committing to the pursuit and implementation of new action towards achieving the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) target of 90-90-90 treatment for all to help end the AIDS epidemic. It is hoped that “Towards Monaco without AIDS” will surpass its objectives.

Monaco’s integrated policy to combat HIV/AIDS mainly addresses Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 (good health and well-being), specifically target 3.3, “…by 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases”. It also covers four of the five strategic directions of the Roadmap to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, building on Health 2020, the European policy for health and wellbeing, namely:

  1. advancing governance and leadership, by working towards making links between all relevant stakeholders;
  2. leaving no one behind, by opening up access to screening and treatment for all and focusing on providing support and social follow-up for patients;
  3. preventing diseases and promoting a multisectoral and lifelong approach with the involvement of stakeholders from different sectors, as well as starting early, targeting youth; and
  4. strengthening the road to universal health coverage by offering free-of-charge services for all.