On 26-27 of March, partners’ meeting dedicated to the launch of a three-year multi-country project “Sustainability of Services for Key Populations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia” funded by The Global Fund, will be held in Kyiv. The meeting will bring together participants from 24 countries.
As a result of the project, by 2021, national funding for HIV/AIDS programs will be increased by $10 million from national, regional and municipal budgets in the countries of the EECA region. It is also planned to ensure $73.4 million savings in the countries budgets through optimised ARV procurement.
The implementation of the three-year project will be coordinated by the Alliance for Public Health, in a consortium with the 100% Life (All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH), the Central Asian HIV’ Association and the Eurasian Key Populations Health Network, with the participation of national governmental and non-governmental organizations, regional key populations networks , international agencies and organizations, as well as technical partners.
Andriy Klepikov, Executive Director Alliance for Public Health:
Dmitry Sherembey, Chairman of the Coordination Council of CO “Network 100% of Life”
Dumitru Laticevschi, Regional Manager of Eastern Europe and Central Asia Team, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria:
Vinay P. Saldanha, Director, Regional Support Team, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, UNAIDS:
“Ensuring access to HIV services for key populations is the most important task, by solving which, we can confidently move towards our main goal – to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. In this regard, the Global Fund project is of utmost importance. We are pleased to join the project Steering Committee and work together with a consortium of organizations led by such experienced and strong partners as the Alliance for Public Health and the 100% of Life Network (All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV). UNAIDS is ready to provide full support to the project, primarily in the field of advocacy at the highest national and international level”.The three-year project “Sustainability of Services for Key Populations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia” aims to improve the financial sustainability and effectiveness of HIV programs, reduce existing legal barriers and protect the most important human rights for access to HIV prevention and care, improve the efficiency and accessibility of HIV services delivery models (HIV care cascade) for key populations.