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Project Number:


Project Title:

00073353 Ensure Universal Access of the Key Affected Populations in Belarus to HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care


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Project Objective & Brief Description:

The project is financed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The overal goal of the project is to maintain the Republic of Belarus in the concentrated phase of HIV epidemics and decrease AIDS mortality. The goal is set in accordance with the international commitments of Belarus towards the MDG and recommendations to scale up efforts toward the goal of universal access for HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support by 2010 and the national commitments set in the Universal Access Targets.

This project focuses on expanding the coverage of the main vulnerable groups and gradual institutionalization of the prevention and treatment activities so that by the end of the grant the government in partnership with the civil society can take over most of the activities.

This proposal is focused on the below stated main objectives:

- Assisting the main vulnerable groups (injecting drug users, men having sex with men, female sex workers, prisoners, youth) to change to less risky behaviors.

- Provision of uninterrupted and equal access to treatment, care and support to PLHIV through health system strengthening and adherence programmes for HIV patients. Within this objective coverage of people with ARV treatment will increase with gradual phase out to the 40% of governmental funding in years 3-5 of the project.

- Launch of HIV prevention programmes at the workplace, introduction of the mechanism of social contracting allowing state sustainable funding of prevention programmes run by NGOs, strengthening of AIDS service NGOs, development and implementation of a national information strategy for effective Behavioral Change Communication, and stigma reduction. It is planned to take the work of churches to a new quality and quantity level.

- Strengthening the national strategy on human resources for the health system at the national and local levels to improve outcomes for HIV and TB.

Project Duration:

01/2010 12/2014

Project Location:


Project Budget:

EURO 23,825,641

Major sources of project financing:

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Project delivery in previous fiscal years:

In 2011: US $ 7,006,770. Total: US$ 12,910,770

MDG Focus:

Development planning, implementation and HIV/AIDS responses

Designated Institution:

Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus

National Coordinator:

Igor Gaevsky

Deputy Minister of Health

Chief State Sanitarian of the Republic of Belarus

Contact Persons:

UNDP/GFATM Grants Implementation Unit in Belarus

Tel: +375 (17) 200 06 46 / 306 51 88

Project Document:

Project document

Project Reports/Publications:


The following results have been achieved under the Project in 2010

The following results have been achieved under the Project in 2011

The following results have been achieved under the Project in 2012

Project Press Releases:

26 January 2012 | Filming Phase of Beyond the Sky Television Series Completed

24 October 2011 | Wards for HIV-Positive Children Put to Use on United Nations Day

1 August 2011 | First Youth Serial Soon in Belarust

29 November 2010 | HIV Epidemic Stabilized, but Too Early to Be Complacent

24 May 2010 | Belarus receives more than $24 million to fight HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis

17 May 2010 | Head and Employees of the UN Office in Belarus Take HIV Tests

21 April 2010 | Drug Substitution Therapy Room Opened in Salihorsk


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