December 1 - World Aids Day

Dec 1, 2014

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan — World AIDS Day is marked each year on 1 December since 1988. This year it’s marked with a 90-90-90 campaign, which includes a series of targets to be achieved by 2020: 90% of people living with HIV are aware of their HIV status, 90% of people aware of their HIV-positive status are being treated and 90% of people on treatment achieved viral load suppression.

According to the Director General of the Republican AIDS Center Chokmorova Umut, such a change in the trajectory in planning prevention programmes will help radically change the face of the epidemic and reverse it. “I completely agree with the statement of the UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé that if we change our approach over the next five years, we will be able to stop the epidemic in Kyrgyzstan" said Dr. Chokmorova.

As of 1 November 2014 there are 5586 officially registered cases of HIV infection in Kyrgyzstan, including - 1710 among women. Over these years 1029 people living with HIV died. 447 people living with HIV (men - 240, women - 207) were detected in the first 9 months of 2014. The structure of HIV infection has changed in the country. Thus, the number of drug users among newly diagnosed people living with HIV has decreased from 59 % in 2010 to 32.4 % in 2014. In 2013 and 2014 there was not a single case of HIV transmission from HIV-positive mother to child, which was the result of efficient prevention programmes and early initiation of a special preventive treatment for HIV-positive pregnant women (ART). However, there are concerns about the increase in the number of HIV-positive women who accounted for 46.3% among newly registered people living with HIV in 2014.

One of the most important sources of financing for HIV programme in Kyrgyzstan is the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Guarantor of quality and efficient execution of financing is the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Kyrgyzstan, which is the principal recipient of Global Fund HIV Grant since 2011.

The main purpose of HIV grant is to promote accessibility and quality of prevention, treatment, detection and care services for HIV among the most vulnerable populations. The implementation of the grant is carried out comprehensively in cooperation with government organizations, as well as with civil society, including community organizations representing the interests of people living with HIV and populations with high-risk behavior.

Grant resources, in addition to the purchase of vital antiretroviral drugs, are also directed to strengthening of civil society and institutional capacity of HIV service organizations, as well as to engaging people living with HIV in antiretroviral therapy, conducting activities to detect and treat HIV infection and reducing the signs of stigma and discrimination.

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