Armenia Receives $4 Million to Combat HIV AIDS

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS–Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) has committed $4 million to support the National Program on HIV/AIDS prevention in the Republic of Armenia for the next 3 years

The grant comes in the second of a two-phased–$ 7.2 million GFATM program. The first grant of $3.2 million was successfully completed in September 2005–with Armenia receiving a high score for implementation.

Established in January 2002–the Global Fund aims to rapidly disburse gran’s to supplement existing spending on the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS–Tuberculosis and Malaria while maintaining sufficient oversight of financial transactions and programs.

The Country Coordination Commission on HIV/AIDS–Tuberculosis and Malaria issues in Armenia (CCM) overseas the implementation of the grant as the coordinating commission for the National Program on HIV/AIDS activities in the Republic of Armenia.

World Vision was nominated as the Principal Recipient (PR) of the grant in 2003 by the CCM and–in partnership with different bodies experienced in the area of HIV/AIDS–works to support the implementation of the National Program on HIV/AIDS prevention.

For the first time in Armenia PLWH gained access to the antiretroviral (ARV) therapy thanks to the GFATM grant. Presently–23 PLWH are receiving ARV treatment–including 3 children.

Through partnership with the Ministry of Health–the National Center for AIDS Prevention–Ministries–and local and international NGOs–Phase II will build on the success from Phase I–and continue to implement prevention–care–and support targeting the general population–with particular emphasis on the youth–key groups–and PLWH.

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