With Global Fund and UNDP support, Tajikistan has achieved significant results across the HIV, TB and malaria programmes. HIV prevalence among people who use drugs (PWUDs) has decreased from 24% in 2006 to 13% in 2014. UNDP supports more than 90% of HIV prevention services for key affected populations and has achieved coverage and impact through innovative partnerships with umbrella organisations that engage and mentor smaller local NGOs. Additionally universal access to TB treatment, has been achieved, and malaria has effectively been eliminated in Tajikistan, 7 confirmed cases of Malaria in 2014.
759,000 people in Zambia are now accessing life-saving antiretroviral therapy (as of 2016), enabling them to lead longer, healthier lives, stay in work and continue to support their families, and reduce the spread of HIV to others.
In Zimbabwe, 920,000 people living with HIV are currently receiving treatment as of 2016. Zimbabwe has seen one of the sharpest declines in HIV prevalence in Southern Africa, with a reduction in the number of new cases of HIV between 2000 and 2012.
New cases of HIV and people currently on ART
Strengthening HIV, TB and Malaria responses through capacity development
In Zimbabwe UNDP has strengthened the existing Health Information and Surveillance System (HISS) through the introduction of data capturing software, Frontline SMS, that has dramatically improved the weekly disease surveillance from under 40% in 2009 to 98% as of June, 2014.
With support from UNDP, the Global Fund and technical input from WHO, Belarus has successfully rolled out a national electronic register that collects TB and MDR-TB patient information, laboratory results and drug inventory and distribution. The register is used by all TB hospitals and dispensaries and currently tracks 29,836 patients across Belarus. The register has made important contributions to improving treatment outcomes and continuity.
In Zambia a flexible partnership including the Ministry of Health, Medical Stores Limited, the Global Fund and UNDP designed and implemented a comprehensive capacity development plan to strengthen national systems for health. As a result of capacity development efforts, the Ministry of Health signed a USD 234 million grant with the Global Fund as Principal Recipient in 2015.
Promoting rights and reaching key populations through policy change
In Nepal, UNDP is working to reduce the vulnerability of key populations to HIV through activities that promote human rights and decrease stigma and discrimination. As Principal Recipient for the Global Fund Regional HIV Programme in South Asia, UNDP has supported efforts by a local community-based organisation Blue Diamond Society (BDS) to advocate for inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the country’s National Human Rights Action Plan. As a result of UNDP’s capacity building activities, including targeted training, strategic information and technical assistance, BDS has ensured that marginalized groups are better positioned to have access to better quality health care and life-saving HIV medications and services.
In Bangladesh the Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS), has successfully facilitated the official registration of LGBT Community Based Organizations (CBOs) with the local government. Gaining official national registration provides legitimacy to the CBOs, and is a prerequisite for access to funding, both of which are critical for strengthening the ability of CBOs to advocate for human rights and sexual health of LGBT people.