Participants of the Regional High Level Dialogue on Successful Transition to Domestic Funding of HIV and TB Response in EECA, which took place in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 28-30 September 2015, have agreed to work together in creating and implementing national transition plans from donor to national funding of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) response as well as ensuring the accountability of all stakeholders in the implementation of these plans. High-level ministerial representatives of the EECA countries, international donor organizations, and civil society activists have concluded the event by adopting the resolution on shared responsibility and partnership ensuring the prevention and care of HIV and TB in the region of EECA.
The Regional Dialogue has gathered 320 delegates from 31 countries who spent three days of intensive discussions on the issues of funding for universal access to prevention, treatment and care of infectious diseases, impacts of drug policies on public health and safety, access of people who inject drugs to medical and social services, as well as ensuring civil society engagement in decision making processes.
The event was hosted by the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia and organized together with Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), UNAIDS and World Health Organization (WHO) acting as the event co-organizers, and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and World Bank as supporting agencies. Among the speakers at the Dialogue were Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund, Dr. David Wilson, Global AIDS Program Director of the World Bank, Aldo Lale-Demoz, Deputy Executive Director of the UNODC, Zsuzsanna Jakab, Director of World Health Organization's Regional Office for Europe, Rastislav Vrbensky, Manager of the Istanbul Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS of UNDP.