A three-year (2015–2018) program, implemented by the East Europe and Central Asia Union of People Living with HIV in partnership with the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network with the financial support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The program began on November 1, 2015.
The Regional Program “Partnership for equitable access to the HIV care continuum in the EECA region” provides an opportunity to efficiently advocate for state support for a HIV care continuum for people living with HIV, including those affected by tuberculosis, and certain key populations (people who use drugs, men who have sex with men, sex workers).
This regional project’s goal is to enhance the effectiveness, accessibility, sustainability and to scale up of HIV treatment programs in the EECA region with special emphasis on key affected populations (KAPs).
This project has two objectives:
Objective 1. Create enabling conditions at national and regional levels for facilitating access to HIV care and improving linkages between the main elements of the HIV care continuum for KAPs in at least five participating countries in the region by 2018.
Objective 2. Advocate for transition to the strategic and sustainable state funding of the HIV care continuum, based on evidence and on the needs of KAPs, in at least five participating countries in the region by 2018.
The project goal and tasks are considered to be achieved through activities directed at the removal of barriers preventing from the access to HIV care continuum for PLWH, PLWH/TB, PWUD, sex workers, and men who have sex with men; and promotion of providing the transition to sustainable state funding of HIV care continuum on regional and national levels.
The Regional Program assumes close collaboration and interaction among the communities, profile ministries, governmental departments and institutions, international and national organizations as well as with the technical partners in order to ensure that every person in the EECA region will have the access to HIV care continuum.
The project activities will provide participating countries the opportunity to participate in the open call for proposals on development and implementation of country plans on the removal of barriers preventing from the sustainable and high-quality access to HIV care continuum. There will be seven countries participating in the project: Azerbaijan, Belorussia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Uzbekistan.
For more details on the Regional Program please, visit the website of the East Europe and Central Asia Union of People Living with HIV
EHRN will take part as a technical partner in the following project interventions.
Advocacy for social accountability:
EHRN is leading in Evaluation of financial gaps in access to HIV care continuum, with a special focus on key populations to organize advocacy at the national level EHRN will maintain and ensure effectiveness of national advocacy consortia of organizations of key affected populations. Advocacy at the regional and national levels aims to overcome the identified barriers as well as to reduce the cost of ART and remove legislative barriers on the national legislation that regulates procurement of ART and its pricing.
Social Mobilization, Building Community Linkages and cooperation:
EHRN will provide technical assistance to national associations and community groups of PWID and advocacy organizations at the national level.
Documenting best practices and preparation of analytical materials
on access to services related to access to HIV continuum and the transition to a strategic and sustainable national financing of HIV care continuum for key affected populations.