Over the last decade, the Global Fund has played a unique and indispensable role in responding to the HIV epidemic among people who use drugs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). In 2011, a sharp reduction in donor support forced the Global Fund to halt new funding and impose cost-cutting measures. With few alternative funding sources available, efforts to halt new HIV infections in the EECA region will be severely weakened, leading to the reversal of the many gains made in the last decade with Global Fund support. This report, produced by EHRN in 2012, explains how the latest changes in the Global Fund funding policies affect the HIV response in countries throughout the region, including their impact on program sustainability, and community strengthening. It also provides a set of recommendations for the donors and national governments.
EHRN acknowledges the support that made this publication possible by: German BACKUP Initiative, a programme commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH; Open Society Foundations (OSF); International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO)