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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 a number of grants. The last grant awarded worth of around 33 million dollars is implemented by UNDP jointly with the Government of Uzbekistan, the civil society and international organizations.
The full name of the grant or project is ‘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’. Its main purpose is 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.
This project has been designed to ensure universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by all those who require such services.
UNDP continues providing on the job trainings and developing various SOPs on different aspects of programme implementation in order to transfer the role of the Principal Recipient of the HIV grant to a national entity. At the same time, UNDP as an interim Principal aims to build national operational system and advocates together with the other UN agencies and the Global Fund for sustainable financing in the healthcare sector.
In 2015 UNDP plans to continue and expand the ARV treatment provision for people living with HIV and cover most at risk populations with essential prevention services.
Specifically following will be done in 2015.
Prevention: The prevention component of the project envisages continued scale up of appropriate HIV prevention services for most at risk populations and strengthening referral networks to ensure access to specialized social, care, medical, and legal services.
Treatment: The treatment, care and support component of the project will ensure access to ARV treatment for all in need of treatment, as well as improve treatment adherence of patients receiving treatment, improve prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections, prevention of mother-to-child transmission and pediatric AIDS, improve care and support services for people living with HIV and their families. The project will work to strengthen the capacities of civil society organizations and, in particular, networks of people living with HIV to participate in service delivery to increase treatment adherence and improve treatment outcomes.
Advocacy and enabling environment: The National Action Plan and NSP recognize the need to support the development of an enabling environment. The proposed strategies include capacity building of the NGO sector, including networks of people living with HIV, to ensure their full participation in the implementation of the national HIV response. Specific interventions addressing stigma and discrimination are proposed to be implemented through advocacy, raising awareness and training for government officials, mass media, law enforcement, religious and community leaders as well as through providing access to qualified legal protection services for people living with HIV and most at risk populations.
The project has undertaken efforts aimed to ensure the sustainability of interventions initiated within its framework.
|Total Budget:||USD 35,039,300|