On March 07, 2017 “New Generation” Humanitarian NGO signed sub-grant contracts with “United Way”, “AIDs Prevention Union” and “Positive People Armenian Network” NGOs in the scope of the “Support and reinforcement of the Armenian civil society organizations in response to HIV through advocacy” project, which is financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Georgia.
The aim of the sub-grants is to help the CSOs for helping them to assessing the access to HIV services and priorities for MSM, TG, PLHIV, IDUs and CSWs.
“Positive People Armenian Network” NGO applied to implement a sub-grant project on assessing the access to HIV-related services and priorities among people living with HIV and IDUs in Yerevan and regions of Armenia.
“United Way” NGO applied to implement a sub-grant project on assessing the access to HIV-related services and priorities among MSMs and Transgender people Lori, Shirak regions and Yerevan city.
“AIDs Prevention Union” NGO applied to implement a sub-grant project on assessing the access to HIV-related services and priorities among CSWs in Kotayk, Shirak, Lori, Gegharkunik regions and Yerevan.
In 2017 the Republic of Armenia intends to apply to the Global Fund for a cycle of financial support from 2018 to 2021 to provide HIV-related services to the previously mentioned vulnerable groups. In order to increase the level of productivity of the HIV-related services and their compliance with the needs of the vulnerable groups, it is urgent to examine the needs and priorities in access to health care services related to HIV prevention, care and treatment for MSM, TG, PLHIV, IDUs and CSWs, as well as to monitor the provided services. Taking into consideration the above-mentioned issues the three CSOs will carry out carry out need assessment of MSM, TG, PLHIV, IDUs and CSWs in access to HIV-related services.
The CSOs will identify needs and priorities of the project vulnerable groups, will estimate needs of new services, as well as the accessibility and quality of HIV-related services. At the end of the sub-grant projects they will prepare reports based on the results of the conducted meetings among vulnerable groups with conclusions and suggestions prepared.
On the basis of these reports a national report on access to health care services related to HIV prevention, care and treatment for MSM, TG, PLHIV, IDUs and CSWs will be prepared and discussed with the relevant state authorities with participation of the key populations.
The national report will serve good and strong basis for advocacy in order to achieve changes and equality for all beneficiary groups in HIV related issues. The report will also show the gaps that Armenia should correct in its national legislation for ensuring equal and non-discriminatory approach to all vulnerable groups (for example TGs are not mentioned as a specific group with specific issues).