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UNICEF Azerbaijan invites non-governmental organizations and other registered civil society entities to bid for the planning and implementation of HIV and AIDS innovative preventive projects among especially vulnerable young people in Azerbaijan

Deadline for proposals submission is December 10, 2005. For more information please visit; and or contact Elnur Aliyev at 492 17 82 or email:  (4923013), ext.103


1. Background

Although Azerbaijan is still a low HIV-prevalent country, the epidemic is spreading at an alarming rate in the country. The number of officially registered HIV/AIDS cases has increased from 3 in 1992/93 to 767 in September 2005 although experts estimate that this number could be ten times higher[1].

Injecting drug use is the major mode of transmission (47%) followed by heterosexual contact (26%). Mother to child transmission constitutes 1.8% of all cases. The accurate picture of drug use is difficult to obtain.

Awareness among the population and especially the most vulnerable group – young people – is low. Percentage of women aged 15-44 who has heard about HIV/AIDS varied from 93 % in Baku to 55.4 in the South. Rural and young women aged 15-19, never married women and those without sexual experience, and women with the least educational attainment were less likely to have heard of HIV/AIDS and other STDs.

The country proposal submitted to GFATM was successful and provides an excellent opportunity for putting in place vital measures to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS. UNICEF has been invited to take part in implementation, providing technical assistance for Life skills based Education within and out-of schools, YFHC framework and behavioural change communication strategy development and implementation. UNICEF also shares responsibility for targeting especially vulnerable young people, such IDUs, CSWs, street children etc.

2. Expected Results

· Increase most at risk adolescents’ access to core interventions necessary for the prevention of HIV: information, skills and services;

· Decrease vulnerability of most at risk adolescents to HIV;

· Decrease the prevalence of HIV among young people, including most at risk adolescents

3. Tasks

· Design the overall approach to identify the target audience in order to address the HIV and AIDS among especially vulnerable young people;

· Facilitate the audience research and analysis in order to learn the best way of interventions of especially vulnerable young people;

· Develop the HIV and AIDS innovative preventive programme with the detailed description of activities focused on especially vulnerable young people;

· Ensure the successful implementation of HIV and AIDS innovative preventive programme;

· Collaborate closely with government counterparts (Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Justice) for the selection of target groups

4.  Deliverables

· The organization is required to deliver the Activity Report, both hardcopy and electronic version, in the MS Word format, as well as in English and Azerbaijani      

5. Requirements

Non-Governmental Organizations, as well as Civil Society entities are supposed to have extensive (more than 5 years) experience in HIV and AIDS related programmes.

6. Duration

The proposal with detailed budget should deliver to UNICEF no later than December 10, 2005. The selected NGOs must be ready to discuss the details in close consultations with UNICEF. Only those NGOs or Educational Institutions that have extensive experience in working with young people in planning and successful implementation of HIV and AIDS Prevention Programmes are asked to bid. 

[1] Azerbaijan Republican AIDS Center.



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