Voice of Community in Uzbekistan gets louder

13 February 2017

Uzbekistan has developed the national action plan to improve access for sustainable and continuous access to HIV care. Eurasian Harm Reduction Network welcomes focus on the role of the key populations in this document.

The consultation which was held on 9 February in the framework of the project "Partnership for equitable access to the HIV care continuum in the EECA region", implemented by the East Europe and Central Asia Union of People Living with HIV in partnership with EHRN. The project will last until the end of 2018.

During national consultations in Tashkent, representatives of the "Society against Cancer" (Executive project in Uzbekistan), have developed specific actions that will carry out the project in three ways:

1. Improving access to a continuum of HIV related services through the involvement of key affected populations.

2. Equitable opportunities for social contracting organizations which provide continuum of HIV related services.

3. Capacity building and cooperation of all stakeholders at regional and national levels.

Regional networks, UNAIDS Regional office for EECA countries and other expert organizations provided technical support in the national action plan development.

Through participation in this project, EHRN will support and develop cooperation and coordination with other regional networks, strengthen opportunities to advocate sustainable and continuous access to HIV care for key populations and increase national funding for community services.

"During this meeting, we could show ourselves as a close-knit team, which is able and want to work for HIV prevention in the country. My expectations of the project are clear – to include our proposals into national plan, which will help to improve situation for HIV community for the better. This will allow to carry out all our plans, reduce stigma, improve access to all services, such as treatment, care and support as well as to change the attitude related to the problem of HIV/AIDS in the country fundamentally", – Sergey Uchaev, Head of the NGO "Ishonch va Hayet", commented results of the meeting .