On November 26 and December 17, two webinars were held for representatives of Georgian NGOs

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The events discussed the prioritization of HIV services and a new funding model in Georgia.

The thematic sessions of the first webinar examined the place of healthcare in the global political context, the impact of the pandemic on HIV services, as well as the challenges and prospects for Georgian NGOs against this background.

“Discussion and interaction are important so that we can draw conclusions. Understand what has been done successfully, and where else needs to be improved to be more effective,” emphasized Mari Chokheli, OSGF representative.

 

Representatives of Georgian NGOs shared their experience in advocating for the priorities of key populations.

“We need to position ourselves as a composite system. Everything outside the system will be very difficult to finance and promote,” said Georgi Soselia.

 The aim of the second webinar was to present the changes in the model of financing HIV services. The new model is based on result based funding.

 

“Our goal is to shift from a mentality that was based on contributions, not results. Funding should not be based on actual contributions to the budget, but on results,” says Akaki Zoidze, consultant to NCDC.

Also, David Subeliani presented the results of an assessment of the institutional capacity of harm reduction service providers in the transition to a financing model based on the RBF approach.

The participants held a lively discussion about the challenges faced by NGOs in the transition to a new model and ways to solve them, and shared the experience of other countries.

The webinar was organized by the Institute of Analytics and Advocacy within the framework of the regional project “Sustainability of services for key groups in the EECA region”, which is being implemented by a consortium of organizations from the EECA region under the leadership of  “Alliance for Public Health” in partnership with the “All-Ukrainian Network of PLHIV”, “Central Asian Association of People Living with HIV ”and the Eurasian Key Group Health Network with financial support from The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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