Provision of harm reduction services for HIV-positive people at the expense of local budgets
19 june 2019
Aware of the importance of implementing the Transition Plan in Ukraine, public institutions are taking responsibility for expanding quality services for HIV-positive people, including IDUs at the regional level.
On the basis of the municipal institution “Lviv regional health center” were attracted budget funds for harm reduction services for IDUs and participants of the substitution maintenance therapy in the Lviv region.
Initially, the public organization carried out explanatory work to amend the Comprehensive program of medical care for residents of the Lviv region for the period 2018-2020. This has ensured the provision of social services to HIV-positive people, in particular harm reduction services. The Municipal Non-profit Enterprise of the Lviv Regional Council “Lviv Regional Center of Public Health” was determined as funds manager. After successful negotiations with the director of a communal institution, they planned to sign an agreement on the provision of comprehensive social services for HIV-positive people, including harm reduction services for IDUs and participants of the substitution maintenance therapy at the expense of budget funds. Also, an open auction зfor 5 lots in the public procurement system ProZorro was announced.
The social service provides and includes short-term counseling, social support/patronage and harm reduction services for IDUs and participants of the substitution maintenance therapy. The service covers psychosocial, socio-medical and information and prevention areas.
A comprehensive package of services will provide an enabling environment to overcome the crisis for people who want to start a new life, enable them to receive high-quality services and promote active HIV prevention among vulnerable groups.
Case implementer: CO “Lviv Network of PLWH”.
Result: 565 775 UAH allocated from the regional budget to ensure access to social services in the Lviv region for HIV-infected in 2019.
This material was published with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation.