On 25-26 May, Belarus will host a working meeting dedicated to reviewing the progress of the "Implementation plan for the sustainable development of HIV/AIDS and TB-related prevention, treatment and care”.
During the two-day event, representatives of civil society, NGOs, CCM members, as well as representatives of international and state institutions will begin to develop a package of proposals to improve lines of communication between different partners and introduce an action program to implement the above-mentioned plan.
Being the meeting's organizer, the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network expects the participants to be fully involved in the development of an effective HIV/AIDS and TB prevention and care system, and to offer support to the most vulnerable groups.
"Successful achievement of the Plan's goals, as well as of other harm reduction programs, is only possible if the role of civil society is clearly defined. A lot depends on the state of civil society and on its communication with other sectors, for example, removing or minimizing barriers to successful prevention and treatment of viral diseases in Eastern Europe and Central Asia," – says Gayane Arustamyan, EHRN advocacy manager and representative at the meeting. Among other priorities for discussion are: public financing of prevention programs, analysis of existing problems from the point of view of key populations affected by HIV and TB, and development of guidelines to solve them.
As a result of the meeting, Belarusian civil society is expected to adopt a unified approach to partnership and interaction with state representatives regarding HIV/AIDS and TB response. It's also expected to present a joint action plan to further carry out and monitor the "Implementation plan for the sustainable development of HIV/AIDS and TB-related prevention, treatment and care”.
The working meeting on improving lines of communication between different partners and monitoring of progress is organized by EHRN under the Community, Rights and Gender Technical Assistance Program of the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria.