About the project

 

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Project Office for the Baltic States was established in Vilnius, Lithuania in December 2006 for implementation of a regional project "HIV/AIDS prevention and care among injecting drug users and in prison settings in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania".

Project Number: XEEJ20
Duration: 2006 - 2011
Governmental Focal Agencies:
Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs, Latvian Ministry of Health, Lithuanian Ministry of Health
Total Budget: USD 5,000,000
Donor:

The Netherlands

The overall goal of the project is to assist Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to halt and reverse the HIV/AIDS epidemics among injecting drug users and in prison settings.

 

Objectives of the project:

  1. Build national and regional consensus on effective implementation strategies to address HIV/AIDS among injecting drug users and in prisons.
  2. Increase coverage of comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention and care services among injecting drug users and in prison settings.
  3. Generate and share strategic information to keep programme on track and to respond appropriately to the evolving HIV/AIDS epidemics among injecting drug users and in prison settings.

 

Activities:

  • Conduct national rapid HIV/AIDS situation and response assessments related to injecting drug use and in prison settings and set coverage targets;
  • In each country, conduct and consolidate reviews of policy, administrative and operational provisions related to HIV/AIDS prevention and care among injecting drug users and in prison settings;
  • Provide assistance in amending/developing national HIV/AIDS strategies and action plans based on situation assessment and policy reviews;
  • Conduct training needs assessment of service providers from both government and civil society organizations;
  • Identify and support a regional training centre for HIV/AIDS prevention and care service provision for injecting drug users and in prisons;
  • Develop curricula, training modules and materials for HIV/AIDS prevention and care for injecting drug users and in prison settings;
  • Train a critical mass of professionals from both government and civil society organizations involved in service delivery;
  • Provide, where necessary, financial support for provision of services to both government and non-governmental organizations;
  • Document and share lessons learnt and experiences at various forums;
  • Participate in various technical and professional networks at the national, regional and global levels.