"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 May 2005 under the Round 2 of the Global Fund grant allocations. The project was ended in April 2010 with a six month extension period and a total budget of USD 15.9 million. This project was dovetailed by another package of Global Fund grants with the total budget of USD 28.8 million under the 8th Global Fund grant cycle (Round 8) which was completed end March 2015.

What have we accomplished so far?

The achievements of the NFM project that was started in April 2015 are as followings:

  • 27,348 of People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) received a defined package of HIV prevention services through 220 facilities such as Drop-in Centers and Outreach Teams.
  • 6,564 HIV Vulnerable Women received a defined package of HIV prevention services through 64 facilities.
  • 96,900 Rapid Diagnostic Tests and required accessories procured and delivered to implementing partners subsequently 6,029 prisoners, 5,885 PWIDs, and 1868 vulnerable women, received HIV counseling and testing services.
  • Amphetamine-Type Stimulant users addressed for the first time through a pilot initiative in 8 provinces, and 357 Amphetamine-Type Stimulant (ATS) users were enrolled to receive the required education and harm reduction services.
  • Working children with drug problem is also another target group that covered for the first time in the project with partial support of the Global Fund grant. Provision of HIV prevention services and testing are the main interventions for this group.
  • 83 HIV-positive pregnant women received antiretroviral drugs to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission.
  • 6,656 adults and children received antiretroviral therapy in accordance with the nationally approved treatment protocol.
  • 4,085 PLHIV and 2,885 affected people received psychosocial services through 25 positive clubs.
  • Four additional CD4 counter machines and their accessories as well as required tests for another 36 machines which had been previously procured under the project were purchased and delivered to CDC.
  • 7 professional experts engaged in order to provide technical assistance to the partners and conduct assessments as well as develop different protocols.

Who Finances It?

The Global Fund: US $9,000,000.00

Delivery In Previous Fiscal Year

The total delivery in 2015 was US $5,302,541 against the total budget of US $5,584,307.

Project Highlights:

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

  • Prevention programs for people who inject drugs (PWID).
  • Prevention programs for Vulnerable Women.
  • Prevention programs for prisoner.
  • Prevention programs for Amphetamine-Type Stimulant (ATS) users.
  • Prevention programs for working children with drug problems.
  • Prevention of Mother-To Child Transmission (PMTCT).
  • Treatment, care and support.
  • Prevention programs for students with drug problems.