UN unites efforts to support national response to HIV/AIDS in Georgia
TBILISI, 19 February 2007: A new UN joint platform to help Georgia in meeting internationally and nationally declared targets for the Universal Access to HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care, Treatment and Support and ultimately to contribute to attainment of the Millennium Development Goal for HIV/AIDS in the country was presented today by the UN agencies. Also joining in the presentation of the Programme were Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Roelofs and Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs Mr. Vladimer Chipashvili.
The 2007-2008 UN Joint Programme in support of the National Response to HIV/AIDS was elaborated by eight UN agencies - UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, UNHCR, IOM, WFP and the World Bank. The programme is based on the “National Strategy for Universal Access” developed by the Ministry of Health and the National AIDS Centre.
The programme aims at improving national capacity on HIV/AIDS governance, expanding evidence-based HIV/AIDS interventions in support of prevention, treatment and care and at reaching especially vulnerable population groups in Georgia, including the conflict-affected areas.
In particular, the programme aims to improve HIV prevention interventions among most at risk and especially vulnerable children, adolescents and adults who have not been covered by the current national response – i.e. child and adolescent institutions, street children, internally displaced people and refugees most at risk in conflict-affected areas; build the safe blood and blood banking capacities in conflict-affected zones; provide legal and social support and protection for children and adults affected by HIV/AIDS, including extension of the people living in conflict affected areas; and a major initiative for civil society mobilization on HIV/AIDS specifically to tackle the stigma and discrimination issues.
“We are confident that implementation of the proposed UN Joint Programme will enable Georgia to achieve the Universal Access targets and to ensure sustainability of the HIV/AIDS interventions countrywide including conflict-affected areas,” said Robert Watkins, UN Resident Representative.
Mariam Jashi, APO Health, UNICEF Georgia
Ketevan Gioshvili, UN Information Officer,