Work on the sustainability of HIV services for the EECA region was discussed at the coordination meeting of the SoS project partners
22 september 2020
On September 17, a coordination working meeting of SoS_project partners took place. The purpose of the online meeting was to discuss the project activities in the new circumstances related to COVID-19 in the region and in the world and to plan further activities.
At the beginning of the meeting Maksim Demchenko noted: “For the further implementation of the project, it is necessary to build a work strategy so that the HIV situation and the increase in state funding for this area remain a priority even in the situation with COVID in all project countries”.
Roman Drozd focused on:
⇒ increasing domestic funding for HIV,
⇒ finalization of the regulatory framework and policies by country,
⇒ combining best practices on online platforms,
⇒ regulating service packages and ensuring sustainability of service delivery at the country level,
⇒ conducting training events in the field of budget advocacy.
Country consultants, together with experts, presented a brief overview of the situation in the project countries in two areas: results of work and further priorities for work.
The BAS team also spoke about the study “The Influenced and Potential Impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic on the Sustainability of Funding and Implementation of HIV Programs in EECA Countries”, which will show how the COVID situation affected HIV and whether funding commitments were fulfilled spheres.
At the end of the meeting, the participants identified areas in which they plan to continue working in countries to build mechanisms for sustainable financing of HIV services using budget funds.
The article was published within the framework of the regional project “Sustainability of services for key groups in the EECA region”, implemented by a consortium of organizations from the EECA region under the leadership of the ICF “Alliance for Public Health” in partnership with the NGO “All-Ukrainian Network of PLHIV”, ALE “Central Asian Association of People, living with HIV ”and the Eurasian Key Populations Health Network with financial support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.