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.