"Enhancement of National HIV Response with Focus on Target Beneficiary Groups in line with the fourth National Strategic Plan (NSP) 2015-2019"

Life skills training session for school students in Marvdasht- Fars province

What is the Project About?

Iran successfully applied for a new grant under the New Funding Model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria with the total budget of about US$12,000,000. Implementation of this grant began in April 2015 and is planned to run for three years. This grant will scale up services for people who inject drugs, vulnerable women, people in prisons, people already living with HIV, people who use amphetamine type stimulants, pregnant women living with HIV, students with drug problems, and working children who use drugs. 

Under the 4th HIV/AIDS National Strategic Plan 2015-2019 (NSP4), the new grant will be implemented by a host of national and international parties through the coordination and convening services of UNDP as the Principal Recipient of the grant to achieve the following goals: 

  • By the end of 2019, HIV prevalence among people who inject drugs will remain at less than 15%.
  • By the end of 2019, HIV prevalence among those at-risk due to sexual contact will remain at less than 5%.
  • By the end of 2019, new HIV infections among newborns born to pregnant women with HIV will fall by 90%.
  • By the end of 2019, death due to AIDS will decrease by 20%.

The Global Fund is the major source of international funding to supplement the national allocations to address HIV/AIDS in line with the provisions of NSP4. While the relevant UN agencies, in particular WHO and UNAIDS provide technical assistance. The programmes supported by the Global Fund is mainly to address areas where there are technical and financial gaps in the national resources / capacities for the implementation of national strategic plans.  The grants also provide seed money for new interventions to be started and then taken over and expanded by the government once the capacities are in place.

The partnership with the Global Fund started in April2005 under the Round 2 of the Global Fund grant allocations. The project was ended in March 2010 with a six month extension period and a total budget of USD 15.2 million. This project was dovetailed by another package of Global Fund grants with the total budget of USD 28.8[1] million under the 8th Global Fund grant cycle (Round 8) which was completed end March 2015.


What Have We Accomplished So Far?

The present project is a continuation of the Round 2 and Round 8 grants under which the following achievements have so far been made:

  • Training about 4 million health staff, teachers, school students, refugees, prisoners and their family members and other most at-risk populations;
  • Conducting harm reduction programs & voluntary counseling and testing activities in prisons;
  • Continuing and expanding the harm reduction programme for people who inject drugs; 5,095 Injecting drug users received regular services through 119 facilities;
  • Continuing and expanding the harm reduction programme for vulnerable women; 2,850 vulnerable women received harm reduction services through 45 facilities;
  • Expanding the Rapid Diagnostic Test programme by providing 500,000 rapid tests; 
  • Provision of second line antiretroviral therapy for 1,146 people not responding to first-line treatment;
  • Equipping voluntary counseling and testing centers with lab equipment such as CD4 count machines;
  • Continue and expand positive prevention activities through 19 peer support positive clubs;
  • Launching 11 sub-national laboratories equipped with state of the art diagnostic instruments to strengthen HIV diagnosis capacity;
  • Initiating activities to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission; 116 HIV positive pregnant women received ARV to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission;
  • Conducting Bio-Behavioral Surveys among most at risk groups;
  • Conducting the National AIDS spending Assessment (NASA);
  • Contribute to the finalization of the National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan 4 (2015-2019); and
  • Contribute to getting the HIV grant from the Global Fund’s New Funding Model. 

Who Finances It?

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM): US$ 9,000,000

Delivery In Previous Fiscal Year

This project was started in 2015. However, under the previous phase of the project USS 6,293,000 was delivered in 2014.

Project Highlights


The project aims to enhance National HIV Response with Focus on Target Beneficiary Groups in line with the NSP4:

  • Strengthening of assessment, surveillance and monitoring systems.
  • Reducing HIV risk and vulnerability.
  • Improving access and quality of HIV/AIDS treatment and care.
  • Strengthening diagnostic infrastructure.
  • Targeting populations at risk.
  • Voluntary counseling and testing.
  • Providing harm reduction services.
  • Targeting prevention, care and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Counseling, care, treatment and support for HIV positive people and their family members.


Project Overview
Project Start Date:
April 2015
Estimated End Date:
March 2018
The project covers all 31 provinces of the country
Project Officer:
Hedieh Khaneghahpanah
GFATM, Country Coordinating Mechanism, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Prisons Organization, Ministry of Education, Welfare Organization, 55 University of Medical Sciences, UNAIDS, NGOs, People Living with HIV/AIDS