The increase of HIV infection cases in the country is quite alarming: Over the last 5 years, the number of officially registered HIV cases has skyrocketed by eight times, increasing from 506 in 2005 to 4,674 in 2012. According to the UNAIDS Report on Global AIDS Epidemic 2012, Tajikistan is among of the countries where HIV prevalence has increased by more than 25% over the last 10 years.
A comprehensive and fully-fledged approach is crucial to continue keeping the HIV epidemic in a concentrated stage in Tajikistan. UNDP in Tajikistan intends to control HIV infection nationwide through increased HIV/AIDS awareness to influence positive behavioral change, increased access to voluntary confidential counseling and testing, stigma reduction, improvement of human resource development and training for effective HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support, provision of test kits, anti-retroviral treatment, and provision of other medical supplies to healthcare facilities across the country. The HIV Control project aims to scale-up equal access to HIV prevention services for all segments of the population, including most at-risk and vulnerable groups.
UNDP Health Programme working towards reducing the burden of HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria in Tajikistan pursues the following aims: establish sustainable and efficient multi‐sectoral response structures to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS and TB epidemics and eliminate Malaria by 2015. To reach this outcome, UNDP will scale up HIV prevention, treatment, care and support interventions among high risk groups and general population; build public healthcare sector capacities to reduce the burden of TB; and strengthen management of national malaria control programme results in interruption of local malaria transmission.more
Confidential HIV testing at the Khujand Oblast AIDS Centre
Photo by Ryan Jose Ruiz III, GFATMmore
Projects and Initiatives
Strengthening the supportive environment and scaling up prevention, treatment and care to contain HIV epidemic in Tajikistan
The key goal of the project is to provide universal access to HIV services, and lay the foundation for stabilizing the country’s epidemic. The project is based on the outcomes of the ongoing HIV project, which is focused on health system strengthening interventions, particularly, on the expansion and integration of VCT services into the Primary Health Care.more