Strengthening National Capacities to Address Emerging Challenges in fighting the Spread of Three Diseases (AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria)
The objective of the UNDP ‘Strengthening National Capacities to Address Emerging Challenges in fighting the Spread of Three Diseases (AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria)’ project is to support national partners, including the Multisectoral Expert Council (MEC) and its secretariat, in formulating strategies towards the halting the spread of HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria by strengthening oversight and coordination capacities.
The project aims to operationally support the activities of the Multisectoral Expert Council, develop systems for data collection for efficient decision making processes, to strengthen the multi-sectorial work of key government institutions.
One of the important components of the project is piloting of the HIV Hotline with ultimate goal of handing it over to the Government.
This project is closely working with the Government counterparts and the civil society in raising awareness of the best approaches to fighting the three diseases that feed into policies and strategies such as the National Strategic Programs, and ensuring the greater involvement of non-state stakeholders (NGOs and People Living with HIV) in decision-making processes.
An important prevention mechanism is the piloting of the first national HIV Hotline based at the Tashkent City AIDS Center by UNDP in August 2014. The hotline provides basic professional telephone counselling and referral to general population and is anonymous and confidential. The hotline is free of charge for the capital city and although accessible to the rest of the country for a small regular charge, to make a wider reach for the most vulnerable UNDP advocates and negotiates for further scaling it to the whole country completely free of charge.
Within the project the National M&E group under the Secretariat of the MEC has been continuously supported and project ensured equal representation of NGOs in the group and monitoring that is conducted so that voices of the civil society are heard. At the last MEC meeting conducted in January 2015 the full report with the critical view of all members has been presented and well received by all members with the commitment to address issues of particular importance such as stigma and discrimination.
UNDP will be working closely with civil society organizations to strengthen their role in decision making process with regards to HIV/ AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
As part of this project UNDP will be working to transfer the HIV hotline to the national partners and strengthen capacities of the MEC on monitoring and evaluation for development of the effective HIV strategies.
UNDP will facilitate the increased participation of non-state actors in the MEC, with the support from the national and international partners. The meaningful participation and representation of People Living with HIV will be facilitated by the project. The above activities will further contribute to the building of capacities for an effective multisectoral approach. Project will be facilitating greater participation of the NGOs particularly networks of people living with HIV, in the oversight and monitoring of progress of the implementation of national programmes on AIDS, TB and malaria and the relevant projects.
The principle of a multi-sectorial approach within the MEC should be in place for the more effective use of existing resources in the public sector, as well as in the civil society.
In addition, through this component, the project will identify gaps in the operational environment for NGOs that will hamper the effective execution of the HIV component, while providing the MEC with the recommendation and solutions that can address these gaps.