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Alliance-Ukraine Board to expand partnership with the Global Fund


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The renewed Governing Board of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine (Alliance-Ukraine) met for the first time on 24 February.

The Board was created when Alliance-Ukraine - formerly a country office of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance - became an independent organisation last December.

Board members reviewed last year’s results and set guidelines for strategic partnership in the context of Ukraine’s application to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Round 9), for support for tuberculosis programmes. They also approved important internal policies of Alliance-Ukraine and met staff and major stakeholders.

“The independence of the governing bodies of Alliance-Ukraine is a sign of the increased influence and determination of civil society to effectively respond to HIV,” said Yuriy Kobyshcha, Chairman of the Governing Board. “I am really glad to be a part of this important process.”

A recently-passed law appointed Alliance-Ukraine as one of the main implementers of the National HIV/AIDS Response Programme for 2009-2013. The Board confirmed the initial commitment of at least 300 million Ukrainian hryvnas (US$40 million) from the Global Fund to implementing the Programme.

“The country greatly needs this financial contribution,” said Svitlana Cherenko, Chairman of the National Committee on Counteraction of HIV/AIDS and Other Socially Dangerous Diseases. “Alliance-Ukraine has made an important contribution to rolling out large-scale treatment programmes. For the second year in a row we are seeing fewer AIDS deaths in Ukraine.”

Over the next five years, Alliance-Ukraine will allocate most of its funds to HIV prevention programmes for the most vulnerable groups. State funding for prevention is under serious threat, made worse by the current financial crisis.

An estimated 440,000 people are living with HIV in Ukraine, equivalent to 1.67% of the adult population.