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Armenia will completely take over ARV-therapy and HIV testing by 2020

October 23, 2018

The Ministry of Health, which will work directly with the civil society sector, is to become the sole principal recipient of the next Global Fund grant in Armenia.

The specialist of the monitoring department of the Ministry of Health of Armenia Naira Sergeyeva told about this in the framework of the discussion panel “Vision of government representatives of interaction with civil society in the framework of the #Partnership Program”.

“Ministry of Health has been promoting the Global Fund in the public sector for 10 years already”, said Naira Sergeyeva. “And those programs implemented by civil society organizations, they were coordinated by non-state PRs. The next grant envisages that there will be one principal recipient, the Ministry of Health, and we will work directly with the NGO sector. We have close cooperation with NGOs, because the stronger the organization, the stronger the advocacy, it is more efficient to achieve meetings, promote projects”.

According to the representative of the Ministry of Health, the change of the country policy affects the situation with HIV as well. The Ministry employs people who have been working in UNAIDS, so they are aware of the situation in the NGO sector.

“Civil society organizations are represented in the Country Committee and working groups, we are actively interacting in all important issues relating to programs. This type of work helped to gradually increase HIV funding”, said Naira Sergeyeva. “Although now it’s hard to say what will happen in three years, but by 2020, the government is taking over the funding of antiretroviral drugs and testing for HIV. But the problem of prevention in key groups is quite another matter. We are doing pilot programs where we will work directly with civil society organizations, using the mechanism of social contracting, and see how financing of organizations can be included in the state budget”.

On October 22-24, the final forum of the Regional #PARTNERSHIP Program is held in Kyiv. The regional program, coordinated by the East Europe and Central Asia Union of People Living with HIV (ECUO), was implemented in 15 countries of the EECA region with the financial support of the Global Fund in 2016-2018.

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