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UNICEF engage in HIV/AIDS Prevention Project in Bangladesh

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Morten Giersing, UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh and Prof. Mizanur Rahman, Dr. Md. Director, Health Services, Gov. of Bangladesh sign an agreement on "Project Support: Advocacy and Communication Component" for the HIV/AIDS Prevention Project.

In October 2003, the Government of Bangladesh entered a co-operation agreement with UNICEF on the HIV/AIDS Prevention Project (HAPP) in Bangladesh. The project is supported by the International Development Association (IDA) and the UK Department for International Development (DfiD).

The $12 million project aims at preventing the HIV/AIDS virus from gaining a larger foothold in Bangladesh within high risk groups and to limit its spread in the general population. Following recent restructuring of the project by the donors and the government, UNICEF was asked to assist with managing the four components of the project:

  • Procurement of NGO services in HIV/AIDS prevention;
  • Management of an HIV/AIDS Intervention Fund;
  • Advocacy and communication support for HIV/AIDS prevention; and
  • Procurement of goods and supplies.

NGO services will be procured to increase HIV/AIDS prevention among the following high risk groups: injecting drug users, internal migrants, brothel-based, street-based, and hotel-based sex workers, and their clients. The Intervention Fund aims to support innovative HIV/AIDS projects in co-operation with NGOs and Community Based Organizations in the areas of campaigns, counseling, testing, intervention, care and support. Management tasks involve screening grant requests, concluding grant agreements, disbursing funds, overseeing contracts, monitoring and reporting. Procurement of goods and supplies will include Laboratory Equipment and Pharmaceuticals.

UNICEF’s Bangladesh Country Office has hired additional staff for this purpose and will manage and lead the project. The Procurement Services Centre at UNICEF Supply Division in Copenhagen will assist the project with business and financial management. The Project is an example of the new, expanded management services as provided through the UNICEF Procurement Services facility.

For more information of HIV/AIDS medicines and diagnostics visit Fighting HIV/AIDS and Procurement of Anti-Retrovirals for ART and PMTCT (pdf).


 

 

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