Scaling Up HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs towards Universal Access with Increasing the Partnership of Non-Government Sector

What is the Project About?

One of the main goals of UNDP is to strengthen prevention services against the ‘mother-to-child’ transmission of HIV in Iran

In line with National Strategic Plan of the country and to fill the gaps, this project aims to assist the national partners in their endeavor “to halt and begin to reverse HIV/AIDS spreading among general population and most at risk groups by 2015”.  Project objectives focus on:

  • Increasing universal knowledge about HIV and its transmission routes among general population, adolescents, prison inmates and their families.
  • Providing voluntary counseling and testing services in prisons.
  • Enhancing prevention, care and treatment for drug users and vulnerable women.
  • Proviing professional medicine to HIV positive pregnant women and patients with resistant to regular AIDS control medication.
  • Providing psychosocial facilities/services to HIV positive individuals and their families.
  • Engaging with, and capacity building for NGOs to deliver effective HIV services.
  • Capacity building for national health system to ensure successful implementation of National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS.

What Have We Accomplished So Far?

Mr. and Mrs. Parsa at one of the 14 UNDP-supported Positive Clubs in Iran

Our accomplishments include:

  • Training of more than 2,000,000 university and school students, prisoners & their families, injecting drug users, HIV vulnerable women, People living and/or affected by HIV/AIDS, refugees and also health system staff.
  • Scaling up of harm reduction services: establishment and running 105 male and female Harm Reduction centres and outreach teams in selected districts across the country.
  • Establishment of 215 Voluntary Counseling and Testing Centres, Triangular Clinics in prisons and medical universities in target districts.
  • Strengthening prevention services against the mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
  • Supporting 737 AIDS patients by provision of the second line antiretroviral medicines.
  • Provision of 36 units of high-tech HIV laboratory equipment (CD4 count machines) for patient monitoring.
  • Provision of Psychosocial support to people living with or affected by HIV through establishment and running of 14 Positive Clubs in collaboration with the UNAIDS.


Who Finances It?

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria(GFATM): US$28,894,309

Delivery In Previous Fiscal Year


Project Highlights

The project aims to scale up HIV/AIDS prevention programs in Iran in line with the National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS through:

  • Strengthening of assessment, surveillance and monitoring systems.
  • Promoting HIV information, education and communication.
  • 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 and treatment for HIV positive people and their family members.
  • Psychosocial support for the HIV+.

Project Overview
Project Start Date:
April 2010
Estimated End Date:
March 2015
Provinces: Alborz, Ardebil, West Azerbaijan, East Azerbaijan, Bushehr, Charmahal va Bakhtiari, Fars, Gilan, Golestan, Hamadan, Hormozgan, Ilam, Isfahan Kerman, Kermanshah, North Khorasan, South Khorasan, Khorasan Razavi, Khuzestan, Kuhgiluyeh va Boyer Ahmad, Kurdistan, Lorestan, Markazi, Mazandaran, Qazvin, Qom, Semnan, Sistan va Baluchistan, Tehran, Yazd and Zanjan
Project Officer:
Hedieh Khaneghahpanah
GFATM Country Coordinating Mechanism, Ministry of Health, Treatment and Medical Education, Prisons Organisation, Ministry of Education, Welfare Organisation, 40 medical universities, UNAIDS, NGOs, People Living With HIV/AIDS