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The National Conference on “Improving of the access of PWID to services for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support” conducted in Tajikistan

10-11 November 2014 the National Conference on “Improving of the access of People who inject drugs (PWID) to services for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support” initiated by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in close cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population and Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN)   took place in Dushanbe (Tajikistan).

This country dialog made possible to gather all stakeholders (MoH, Ministry of Justice, CSOs, affected communities, UN and International agencies, UNAIDS HQ) to discuss the key achievements,  barriers and  perspectives of the National HIV prevention program  in Tajikistan; the capacity to expand the  scope of treatment, preventive measures and Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST); the issues of integration of services between  organization departments of the medical services of the country and  SCOs; expanding the access of PWID to prevention programs  in prisons and other issues.
Participants have mentioned that in Tajikistan the HIV epidemic is in concentrated stage and one of the main reasons of the continued growth of HIV infections in the country is injecting drug use.
"Over the last years, the international donor community increased the financial support aimed at fighting HIV/AIDS in Tajikistan. Meanwhile, for the implementation of the National Programme and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in the field of HIV/AIDS in Tajikistan until 2015 country needs additional funding"- has mentioned Zuhra Nurlyaminova the head of the State Dispensary Department of the National Center for the AIDS Prevention and Control in Tajikistan.
According to the experts, these funds are crucially needed to carry out the preventive work among populations at higher risk of HIV transmission such as people who inject drugs (PWID), commercial sex workers, prisoners, as well as among vulnerable groups, including youth, street children and migrants.
Azizmamadov Maram, the head of   CSO Volunteer has mentioned that “civil society organizations provide a great support in realization of OST programme in Tajikistan, which includes redirecting the clients to OST sites, diagnosis, screening and training of clients, employment assistance, counseling and monitoring & evaluation of the quality of services provided”.                       
Following two day conference, the Resolution of the meeting developed, which reflects all recommendations aimed at the implementation of the various areas of HIV prevention initiatives among PWID, the recommendations to improve the mechanisms of cooperation of key partners and creating a favourable environment to support PWID with HIV prevention, treatment and care in Tajikistan.
For more information, please contact   Dr. Ulugbek Aminov- UNAIDS National Programme Officer in Tajikistan or Bakhtiyor Mirzoev, Advocacy and Communication Officer, UN Joint Advocacy Project on HIV in Tajikistan at: bakhtiyor.mirzoev@undp.org.


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