Project title: “Sustaining and scaling up the existing national responses for implementation of effective HIV/AIDS prevention activities, improving survival rates of people with advanced HIV infection by strengthening treatment and care interventions in Georgia”. The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, 01.04.2014 - 01.07.2016.
a). Project Objectives:
HIV Prevention among most at risk population groups (People who inject drugs (PWIDs), female commercial sex workers (FSWs), Men who have sex with men (MSM) and prisoners); ensuring universal access to Antiretroviral treatment (ART) and related clinical and laboratory monitoring for People living with HIV (PLHIV); providing treatment of hepatitis C with pegilated interferon and ribavirin along with relevant clinical and laboratory monitoring to PLHIV confected with hepatitis C virus; providing palliative care and supporting operations of self-support centers of PLHIV; scientific and operational studies for assessment of program outcomes.
b). Project implementation:
HIV prevention among FSWs, MSM and prisoners;
ART provision among AIDS patients;
Supporting ART adherence though operation of mobile units;
Providing home-based palliative care to PLHIV;
Supporting operations of self-support centers of PLHIV;
Advocacy for development of supportive environment for implementation of HIV prevention programs;
Reduction of HIV related stigma and discrimination among health care workers ;
Mobilization of LGBT community for HIV prevention;
Implementation of media campaign for reduction of HIV related stigma and discrimination Needle and syringe exchange programs implementation among PWIDs, methadone substitution treatment programs implementation among opioid dependent PWIDs;
Behavioral and biomarkers prevalence assessment and population size estimation studies among PWIDs, FSWs and MSM.
c). Expected results:
Maintaining low HIV prevalence (<5%) among PWIDs and FSWs;
Stabilize HIV prevalence among MSM (<15%);
60% of PLHIV have access to ARV Treatment.