for key populations in EECA region (#SoS_project)

Andriy Klepikov, Executive Director “Alliance for Public Health”:
“#SoS_project will be financed by the Global Fund to the maximum extent possible – $13 million, with a focus on 14 countries and 23 cities in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia! The next three years will require tremendous efforts from the whole team, as there has not yet been a project of such an unprecedented scale, goals and level of partnership in the EECA region. And we gladly accept this challenge!»

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.

Donor: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Project implementation period: 3 years, 2019-2021



Improving financial sustainability and effectiveness of HIV programs


Reducing existing legal barriers and respecting the most important human rights for access to HIV prevention services and care


Improving the efficiency and accessibility of HIV services delivery models (testing and continuous care) for key populations

Project focus:

14 countries:

Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

24 cities:

in the EECA region, with the highest prevalence of HIV infection:

  • Chelyabinsk, Kaliningrad, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation)
  • Osh (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Minsk, Soligorsk and Svetlogorsk (Belarus)
  • Tashkent and Samarkand (Uzbekistan)
  • Dushanbe (Tajikistan)
  • Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Podgorica, Bar, Bijelo Polje (Montenegro)
  • 5 cities in Serbia
  • Chisinau (Moldova)


>$10 million

absolute increase in national funding for HIV/AIDS programs for key populations from national, regional, municipal budgets

$73,4 million

will be saved through optimized procurement schemes for ARVs

280 thousand PLHIV

will know about their HIV status in 23 cities of the EECA region, with the highest HIV prevalence rate (over 3 years it’s planned to increase 45%)

90% of PLHIV on ART

about 252 thousand people living with HIV in 23 focus cities of the EECA region will receive antiretroviral therapy (ART)


  • developing strategies for optimizing the cost of ART regimens that will reduce the average cost of first-line ART;
  • development/updating of the functional mechanisms of public procurement of services for the prevention and care and support services from NGOs;
  • the creation and functioning of working groups/urban coordination councils on HIV/AIDS issues for the implementation of an action plan for HIV/AIDS;
  • introducing new strategies for detecting HIV cases and starting antiretroviral therapy for key populations;
  • implementation of the urban HIV/AIDS program to fill gaps in the current municipal response;
    developing and conducting operational research to improve coverage of key groups and the treatment cascade;
  • launching a monitoring system for the cascade of HIV treatment at the city level;
  • provision of legal assistance in cases of violation of the rights of key groups;
  • establishment of a Regional Commission on Drug Policy in the EECA region.


Technical partners:



Presentation #SoS_project. Andriy Klepikov

Photo report of the launch meeting

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Project director – Sergiy Filippovych, MD, MPA

Project news

The second regional digest has been released by #SoS_project team

The digest summarized the main activities and achievements of the project for April-June and partially for July. Announcement of materials of the #SoS_project regional digest  #2 The #SoS_project Regional Team continues to advocate for HIV…

The second city of Kyrgyzstan signed the Paris Declaration

There is a replenishment in the global community of cities that have adopted the strategy to accelerate the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic (#FastTrackCities): on August 21, the authorities of Kyrgyz city Osh signed…

Human Rights Protection Becomes more Effective with a New Online Case Documenting System

#SoS_project introduces a new online system – REAct (Rights + Evidence + ACTion) in 4 countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It is supposed to increase the effectiveness of efforts in the key…

Tbilisi hosts the first regional advocathon on HIV and advocacy

On July 15-17, Tbilisi hosts the regional #Advocathon 2019 “Advocacy and HIV”, the first event of this format to be held in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Eight country teams representing #SoS_project from Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will get together to develop advocacy plans to ensure the sustainability of HIV services in the EECA region.

#SoS_project strategy presented at The Global Fund EECA Constituency meeting in Tajikistan

On April 3, a working meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria countries of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region (EECA Constituency) was held in Dushanbe (Tajikistan) with representatives…

Andriy Klepikov: The #SoS_project aims to ensure the sustainability of HIV services by 2021

14 countries of EECA and Balkan regions will be able to save more than $ 73.4 million thanks to optimized procurement of antiretroviral drugs and optimization of treatment regimens. These funds will allow reallocation…

Saving $73,4 million on ARVs for 3 years: The EECA strategy on sustainability of HIV services will be presented in Kyiv

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…