The HIV story in Romania has been marked by several dramatic episodes. The first was in the late 1980s, when thousands of children became infected with HIV through a dramatic nosocomial HIV epidemic, predominantly among orphans and hospitalized children. The voices of parents and many supporters then led to the introduction of the country’s large treatment programs – early on with donor support – to provide HIV treatment to all in need.
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The region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) is the only region in the world where the HIV epidemic continues to grow, and Russia could be considered a driving force of the epidemic in the region.
Under the revised Eligibility Policy adopted by the Board, the core provisions remain largely intact. Most of the changes are on the periphery. The revised policy was adopted by the Board at its recent meeting in Skopje, Macedonia. The Board was acting on the recommendations of its Strategy Committee.
Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) activists have been sounding the alarm for several years about what they perceive as systematic neglect of the region by the Global Fund. “We are the victims of our successes,” they say to highlight the fact that the Global Fund’s de-prioritization of the region is not a by-product of poor performance but rather a consequence of the current political climate.
In January 2017, the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation rejected a request to allocate $1.2 billion over four years for the response to HIV, citing “a lack of federal funds.” The Ministry of Health had asked for the funds in order to implement the National AIDS Strategy 2017-2020.
Открытый Институт Здоровья (ОИЗ) близок к отбору 26 суб-реципиентов для имплементации мероприятий в пределах гранта по ВИЧ, стоимостью в11 млн. долларов США, выделенных России в рамках новой модели финансирования. Имплементация мероприятий, конкретно направленных на ключевые группы населения, должна начаться в Июле, вслед за завершением отбора.
The Open Health Institute (OHI) is close to choosing the 26 sub-recipients to implement activities under the $11-million HIV grant awarded to Russia under the new funding model. Implementation of activities specifically targeting key populations should begin in July following their selection.