HIV/AIDS prevention among the youth (Kyiv, Odesa, Mykolayiv)
Project «Capacity building for non-state actors in relation to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care for the European Neighbourhood and Partnership countries»
The project is an integrated part of the regional initiative which is being implemented in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in 2012-2014. The financial contribution to Ukraine is USD 366,149 and the project will be implemented in the cities of Kyiv, Odesa and Mykolayv.
The HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia continues to grow at a rapid pace. In the EU Eastern Neighbourhood countries, including Ukraine, most young people are not aware of their HIV status. Yet knowing one’s status is essential not only for getting access to life-saving treatment, but also for strengthening prevention of HIV infection. Increasing access to HIV testing and counselling (HTC) is a critical priority for the EU, as spelled out in the EU strategy on HIV.
The goal of this project is to increase the capacity of non-state actors to work with adolescents to increase their access and uptake of HIV testing and counselling as part of national HIV prevention efforts. This will include advocacy to remove policy barriers to HTC, improve skills of partners to work with adolescents, set youth friendly standards for service provision, facilitate availability and access to HTC and uptake of testing by adolescents, particularly those most at-risk.
“UNICEF will facilitate good dialogue and engagement between non-state actors and local governments thus ensuring that capacity building activities for non-state actors also include state service providers who are the ones responsible for HIV testing at country level. UNICEF will also apply the regional approach to the project to facilitate exchanges and lessons learnt across the countries” states Yukie Mokuo, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine.
The expected results of the project:
The project should lead to the following outcomes:
The project is being implemented by UNICEF in close cooperation with Mykolayv Charity Foundation “UNITUS”, Odesa Charity Foundation “Way Home”, and the All-Ukrainian Public Centre “Volunteer” in cooperation with the local State Administrations, Ministry of Social Policy and Ministry of Interior.
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