About the project

Implementation of the Program to improve access of vulnerable groups to prevention, treatment and care of HIV/AIDS in Russia began 01.06.2015, with support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The purpose of the Program is to assist in building and strengthening national legal, methodological and financial basis for providing the sustainability and expansion of coverage of key groups with services in HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for HIV/AIDS.

This objective will be realized through the following tasks:

  • Maintaining the prevalence of HIV infection in selected regions among the most vulnerable social groups – injecting drug users (IDUs) and their sexual partners, men and women who provide sexual services for a fee (SWs), men who have sex with men (MSM).
  • Strengthening advocacy for the removal of legal barriers to access to treatment and to the implementation of evidence-based prevention programs in the national strategy to combat the spread of HIV and in the existing system of health care and social protection to ensure their future sustainability.
  • Strengthening community systems of key groups – IDUs, SWs, MSM, people living with HIV to protect their rights, as well as to influence the service and advocacy events on the prevention of HIV among vulnerable groups.

Key activities:

Work of the regional projects on HIV prevention among vulnerable groups – distribution of information on the risk of contracting HIV, providing means of protection, help in providing medical and social services.

Addressing legal barriers to access to health services – social mobilization of communities; legal aid and improvement of legal literacy; monitoring quality of services on HIV prevention at the community level; participation in the discussion and preparation of a plan for implementing the National Strategy on HIV/AIDS.

Strengthening systems of communities – strengthening of organizational and institutional capacity of groups, organizations and networks of communities; social mobilization; networking within communities; cooperation and coordination; patient control.

Terms of the Program – July 01, 2015 – December 31, 2017.

Budget of the Program – 10,986,691 USD.

Taking into account the results of the National Dialogue from May 14, 2014, as well as the results of the open voting, Coordination Committee nominates the Foundation “Open Health Institute” (OHI) as the Principal Recipient of the grant to support the implementation of the declared program – a non-profit non-governmental organization established in January 2003 for distribution of advanced experience in the field of public health of the population and implementation of science-based technologies for the prevention of diseases in Russia.

The project will be implemented by the Principal Recipient – OHI – under the supervision of the Coordination Committee and with the assistance of a network of NGOs in the regions of its’ implementation.

The Coordination Committee (CC) was formed for the purposes of this program during the National Dialogue in May 2014. Coordination Committee brings together representatives of Russian non-governmental organizations, communities of key groups – IDUs, SWs, MSM and people living with HIV, –international organizations.

In addition to participating in the work of the CC and its oversight functions, key groups – IDUs, SWs, MSM and people living with HIV – will be directly involved in the implementation of the program, namely in activities to strengthen communities’ systems, in expert support of advocacy work, as well as in the provision of technical support to the activities and events.

The Secretariat of the Committee

The Secretariat is a working body of the Coordinating Committee, which aims to carry out the daily administrative and technical objectives in order to ensure the full functioning of the Committee.

As the Coordinating Committee is not a legal entity, the Committee, by way of an open competition, selects an organization that becomes a holder of the budget of the Committee and the provider of the functions of its Secretariat.

Such an organization shall comply with the following requirements:

The state registration of the organization in the territory of the Russian Federation for not less than three years.

The absence of tax debts.

The organization should not be in the process of liquidation and reorganization.

At the time of application, and during the competition and the signing of the contract the organization should not be in the process of litigation on property, tax and labor disputes.

Experience in the field of HIV/AIDS, advocating for the rights of people living with or vulnerable to HIV, experience of organizing network / in-country / international events with the number of participants more than 10.

Experience of work with different regions of the Russian Federation on the network principle.

The lack of affiliation with the CC members and the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund grant.

For the period of 2015-2017, the Committee, by way of an open competition, has chosen non-profit partnership “E.V.A.” as such an organization.

Country Dialogue

As part of the new funding model (NFM), Global Fund attaches great importance to such component as the Country Dialogue. Country Dialogue is a process carried out at the national level by the country itself, intended to harmonize and coordinate the preparation, coordination, and then the implementation of project proposals to the Global Fund. In many countries, this process is carried out on a regular basis with the participation of Governments, donors, technical partners, civil society, and representatives of key affected and most at risk populations.

In Russia, the participants of a country dialogue, which began in early 2014 against the background of the preparation of the proposal on HIV to the Global Fund, are mainly the representatives of the civil society. This is primarily due to the fact that this application was submitted by Russia in the framework of the so-called “NGO rule”, according to which in some countries that meet certain criteria, the application to the Global Fund may be submitted directly by NGOs without coordination with government agencies. To date (April 2015), the application has already been submitted to the Global Fund and approved.

As a member of a Country Dialogue, you will be able to receive regular information about the work of the Coordination Committee on the preparation and then the implementation of the Global Fund grant, to give direct feedback to the members of the Coordination Committee, as well as representatives of the organization – the main recipient of the grant – on the progress of the project. And of course you will be able to receive timely announcements about tenders on the selection of organizations – sub-recipients of GF grant (important for organizations in the regions of the project implementation) – and tenders for small grants (important for organizations and initiative groups on the basis of the community from all regions of Russia).

Coordinating Committee

Coordinating Committee for the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS in the Russian Federation was elected at a meeting of members of the Country Dialogue and approved by its Protocol from May 14, 2014 as a body acting on behalf of the Country Dialogue in order to coordinate the preparation and implementation of the program of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Russia for 2015-2017.

Coordinating Committee is governed by the Global Fund documents regulating the issues of the new model of financing, preparation of the concept note, by the documents regulating the work of Country Coordinating Mechanisms and by the other Global Fund documents applicable to relations arising in the process of preparation and implementation of the Fund’s program in Russia for 2015 – 2017.