Tajikistan

USAID Improves HIV Prevention and Treatment in Tajikistan

On August 7, US Ambassador John Mark Pommersheim took part in an online conference dedicated to the achievements of the USAID Flagship project on HIV in Central Asia over the past five years, as well as an introduction to the new USAID HIV project, which aims to help 95% of people living with HIV, find out your status and start treatment.

These USAID projects support the achievement of the goals of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the UNAIDS goals. website the US Embassy in the Republic of Tajikistan.

Over the past five years, 55,500 people have been tested for HIV within the USAID project. About 1,900 of them learned they were HIV-positive and 2,900 started life-saving treatment. To address the main factors contributing to the transmission of HIV and hindering the involvement of people living with HIV and key populations in effective prevention and treatment programs, USAID will focus its activities in the city of Dushanbe, districts of republican subordination and Sughd region, which have the highest rates of increase in the incidence in the country.

In his speech, Ambassador Pommersheim noted:

“We need to remember those vulnerable people around us who need our care and support, including people living with HIV and those at higher risk of infection. It is imperative to reach out to them, help them know their HIV status and ensure they have access to services so they can live with dignity and free from stigma and discrimination. “

For the first time in Tajikistan, USAID has introduced innovative approaches such as rapid gum fluid testing for HIV, a social support program run by nongovernmental organizations, and HIV self-testing.

As a result, more than 2,800 vulnerable people received HIV self-test kits, 2,250 of whom reported testing results and 60 people first learned about their HIV status.

In partnership with the Government of Tajikistan, the US Government is working to implement the National HIV / AIDS Program to combat the HIV / AIDS epidemic.

As Ambassador Pommersheim said in his speech: “We will continue to build the capacity of the health sector to respond to a range of public health threats, including HIV, tuberculosis and COVID-19. Together, we will overcome these difficulties and will support the bright future of Tajikistan. “

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