UN All Set to Implement Global Fund for Aids Programmes

19 May 2005

KATHMANDU, May 19: The United Nations System in Nepal, in support with its 17 implementing partners, is all set to implement its GFATM-funded-projects (Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria) in six districts of Nepal.

The UN System, with UNAIDS and UNDP in the forefront, will implement the GFATM-funded-projects in six districts of Nepal namely Acham, Banke, Chitwan, Doti, Jhapa and Rupandehi. The projects will be implemented by 17 non-governmental organizations.

In preparation for the activities, the implementing partners recently met to agree on harmonized ways of implementing the programme. Partnerships for better coordination at district level were built among the NGOs. Moreover, linkages with the technical resources within the UN System were established to ensure that the technical support is readily available.

The project activities will start as soon as the funds are made available to UNDP, who acts as Management Support Agency. The GFATM Portfolio Manager Taufiqur Rahman, in a recent mission to Nepal, firmed up arrangements with the Ministry of Health and UNDP to speed up the disbursement of funds.

The projects focus on bringing prevention and care for hundreds of young people and migrants through Advocacy for preventive services through IEC materials and District-level workshops; Life skills-based HIV education for in- and out-of-school youth; HIV awareness raising through mass media and traditional media; Youth friendly service center; Information and counseling services for migrants; STI and VCT centers and; Psychosocial support plan for People Living with HIV/AIDS.

The UN managed HIV prevention activities complement and support the activities carried out by the National Center for AIDS and STD control (NCASC). The GFATM-funded NCASC activities focus on HIV prevention, the HIV treatment, care and support to affected communities.

The selected 17 organizations for the purpose are: Association of Medical Doctors in Asia (AMDA); Britain Nepal Medical Trust (BNMT); BP Memorial Health Foundation (BPMHF); Community Awareness Against HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CAADA); Care Nepal; Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI); Himalayan Association against HIV/AIDS (HASTI); Himalayan Social Welfare Organization (HSWO);Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA); Innovative Forum for Community Development (IFCD); Nepal Fertility Care Center (NFCC); Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS); Pro-public; Sakriya Sewa Samaj; Save the Children US; Women Acting Together for Change (WATCH) and; Youth Power Nepal.