The regional #SoS_project team continues to advocate for the sustainability of HIV services at the regional and national levels in Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Northern Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

In the third quarter of 2019, a lot of work was done to prepare countries for the transition to state financing of HIV / AIDS programs: in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania the cost of services for key population groups was calculated with the technical support of project experts. A number of key meetings were held in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Copenhagen on improving access to treatment.

In August, the Paris Declaration was signed in the city of Osh (Kyrgyzstan). Joining the Paris Declaration in 2019 is expected in: Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Salihorsk, Svetlogorsk (Belarus), and the signing of the Zero TB declaration is being discussed with the municipal authorities of Kyiv (Ukraine), Chisinau (Moldova), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). The Balkans countries have actively approximated joining their cities to the Paris Declaration. There are ongoing negotiations with the city authorities of: Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Podgorica, Bar, Bielo-Pole (Montenegro).

In Moldova, preparations have begun for a national information campaign on pre-exposure HIV prevention (PrEP), and 20 people have already started PrEP.

In the “Gender and HIV 2019” area some activities have started in Georgia, Northern Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Montenegro.

Project partners from Belarus and Uzbekistan successfully completed their studies at the Harm Reduction Academy.

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