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Wards for HIV-Positive Children Put to Use on United Nations Day

On the United Nations Day wards for patients living with HIV were put to use after renovation in the Children’s Infectious Diseases Hospital in Minsk. The renovation works were financed by the Project “Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Belarus – 2” which is implemented by the UN Development Programme in cooperation with the Belarusian Ministry of Health and is supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The ceremony was attended by Antonius Broek, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, Dmitry Pinevich, First Deputy Minister, senior officials of the Health Committee of the Minsk Municipal Executive Committee, representatives of UNDP, UNICEF, the Global Fund Grants Coordinating Team and mass media.

– Currently, over 12.5 thousand HIV infections are registered in Belarus including about 200 HIV-positive children who need access to high quality treatment and care, – said UNDP Resident Representative. Other speakers emphasized encouraging results of cooperation between UNDP and the Belarusian health authorities in fighting the spread of HIV infection and achieving the goal of ensuring universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care services.

The Minsk Municipal Children’s Infectious Diseases Hospital performs the functions of the organizational and methodological center focusing on medical services to children with infectious pathologies nationwide including the issues related to treatment of HIV infection. The departments of children’s infectious diseases and pediatrics of the Belarusian State Medical University and the department of children’s infectious diseases of the Belarusian Medical Post-Graduate Academy are stationed in this hospital.

The hospital has optimal conditions for successful treatment and rehabilitation of children suffering from various infectious pathologies. There is a dispensary room on HIV infection offering services to children living with HIV as well as a unit offering the whole range of services to families and children affected by HIV infection.

The Project has allocated US$ 25 thousand for renovation of wards for children living with HIV.

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