New government in Macedonia budgets for ARVs and prevention services to KAPs, as Global Fund support comes to an end
On 5 September, the recently elected government of the Republic of Macedonia ordered the Ministry of Health to allocate 103 million Macedonian denars (approximately € 1,674,000) within the National HIV Program for 2018 to (a) ensure continuous access to antiretroviral (ARV) treatment for HIV-positive people; and (b) support the implementation of HIV prevention programs among key affected populations (KAPs) such as men who have sex with men (M
According to four case studies recently published by the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN), the readiness to transition harm reduction programs from Global Fund support to domestic funding in four countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia ranges from 19% to 47%.
The four countries are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Romania. See the table for further details.