Continuing Scale Up of the Response to HIV

Project Goal

Youth volunteers learn how to support people living with HIV
UNDP in Uzbekistan: The enthusiasm and drive of youth volunteers has had a significant role in combating the national HIV epidemic

The ‘Continuing Scale Up of the Response to HIV with Particular Focus on Most At Risk Populations and Strengthening System and Capacity for Universal Access to HIV Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Care’ project works to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS into the general population and reduce its impact on most-at risk populations throughout all regions of Uzbekistan. It also provides targeted support by strengthening national capacities for universal access to HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care in Uzbekistan.

The Government of Uzbekistan is making efforts to stop and reverse the HIV epidemic in the country by mobilising both national and international resources. In view of the escalating epidemic, Uzbekistan applied for Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Grants and the country has been awarded two GF grants, namely HIV Round 3 Rolling Continuation Channel and Round 10 grants. In accordance with GF Policy, the grants have been consolidated into a Single Stream of Funding.

The current HIV project in Uzbekistan is designed to ensure universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. The consolidated project has been implemented by UNDP as the Principal Recipient, in close cooperation with governmental, nongovernmental and international organisations, and UN partners working in the area of HIV/AIDS response.

Our Results


  • Reached over 35,000 people of most-at-risk populations with prevention services designed to reduce high risk behaviour;
  • Provided HIV prevention services to over 34,000 young people, through mini-sessions conducted by peer-to-peer educators, and through the distribution of HIV-related informational education  materials;
  • Provided antiretroviral therapy (ARVT) to 6,021 people living with HIV (PLHIV);
  • Provided 4,279 PLHIV and their family members with treatment, care and support services;
  • Trained 788 medical specialists on the Integrated Management of Сhildhood Illness (IMCI/HIV course);
  • Provided 501 pregnant woman with mother-to-child transmission prevention services;
  • Conducted 7,395 opportunistic infection treatment courses for adults and children living with HIV;
  • Provided 10,052 treatment courses for sexually-transmitted diseases;
  • Trained 160 medical specialists regarding infection control, in order to ensure effective intra-hospital prevention, and to reduce the number of new nosocomial infections. The training module regarding infection control was developed and approved by the Ministry of Health;
  • Trained 1,218 volunteers regarding advocacy for voluntary blood donation;
  • Trained 226 health care providers regarding the integration of the Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission into Effective Perinatal Care;
  • Trained 225 health care providers on the principles of treatment and care for HIV infection in children;
  • Organised a series of trainings and events aimed to reduce stigma and discrimination, for opinion makers including journalists, religious leaders,  NGOs and PLHIV;
  • Developed national clinical protocols on antiretroviral treatment in adults and adolescents, on the Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission PMTCT, and on the management of hepatitis B and HIV co-infections.


The project has undertaken efforts aimed to ensure the sustainability of interventions initiated within its framework.


  • The capacities of national partners to manage projects within the area of HIV response have been developed and strengthened throughout the project’s implementation. A capacity assessment of project sub-recipients has been consequently carried out, a capacity development plan has been created, and on-the-job trainings, education programs and consultancy initiatives have been undertaken;
  • Technical assistance has been provided for the development of educational programmes for health care providers, which have been further incorporated into the curriculums of medical educational institutions;
  • Technical assistance has been provided in order to improve the system of collaboration between governmental and civil society organisations involved in the field of HIV response.
Project Start Date:
January 2012
Estimated End Date:
December 2013
Geographic Coverage:
Focus Area:
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria
The Ministry of Health, and non-governmental and civil society organisations
USD 22,718,844
Zakir Kadirov, Project Officer

+998 71 120 07 71/72/73

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