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NEWS AND EVENTS
January 24, 2005
CENTRAL ASIA TO APPROVE HIV/AIDS PROGRAM SOON
A Regional Round Table involving representatives from Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and UK Government Department for International Development (DFID) will be held on 3-4 February 2005 to approve a regional HIV/AIDS Program.

In April 2004, an agreement was reached between the governments of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to collaborate with the DFID to formulate a regional HIV/AIDS Program.

DFID conducted a competitive tender process during July-September 2004 and selected a Managing Consultant to work with CAR governments and civil society organizations to design the HIV/AIDS Program.

The purpose of the program is to support the effective implementation of comprehensive National AIDS Programs in each partner country. It will principally assist national programs to effectively scale-up harm reduction services among vulnerable groups. It will also provide flexible technical assistance across the ?entral Asia region, responding to emerging needs. It will provide direct financial support to the World Bank regional HIV/AIDS Project. The DFID-funded program will be implemented in line with the UN ?Three Ones? principles:

1. One National Coordinating Body 2. One National Policy and program 3. One National Monitoring and Evaluation System.

The design work commenced in October 2004. As a part of this process a National Round Tables were conducted to provide feedback and recommendations in the Kyrgyz Republic on 29 October, in Tajikistan on 2 December 2004, and one is planned in Uzbekistan on 28 January 2005.

Proposed activities are being formulated in close consultation with key national stakeholders from the Office of the Vice Prime Minister, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior Affairs, the National AIDS Centre, Narcology Centre, Global Fund Project Implementation Unit, and sub-national stakeholders. NGOs and civil society representatives are also involved in ongoing discussions with the Design Team, as well as other international donor organizations, particularly with World Bank, UNAIDS and USAID. A Regional Round Table involving representatives from Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan is planned for 3-4 February 2005, during which the program design will be formally approved by DFID and the partner governments.


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