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The Republic of Uzbekistan is currently preparing a request for the renewal of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for Phase 2 (2014-2016) of the national HIV Project. Last month the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan hosted a meeting of the Multisectorial Expert Council on HIV, TB and Malaria (MEC).
According to the MEC decision, UNDP has the trust and confidence of the Government of Uzbekistan to continue in its role as the interim Principal Recipient of Phase 2. In addition, in order to ensure the sustainability of initiatives undertaken to combat HIV and enable the scale-up of the treatment of people living with HIV, the Government of Uzbekistan has committed $2 million for the procurement of antiretroviral drugs in 2014-2015.
By a decision of the MEC meeting, UNDP was entrusted to procure antiretroviral drugs with the funds allocated by the government in order to complement grant resources. The draft proposal presented by UNDP was developed through an inclusive approach that took into account the country’s needs, recommendations of mid-term assessments, and inputs from all parties involved including the government, UNDP and project partners.
The activities of Phase 2 of the HIV project, within the overall budget of $27 million, have been tailored to ensure the scale-up of activities focused on HIV prevention among most-at-risk populations, and the universal treatment, care and support of people living with HIV.