Alliance linking organisation in Mongolia, the National AIDS Foundation (NAF) initiates and promotes community responses to HIV and STIs in Mongolia.
HIV prevalence in Mongolia is less than 0.1% but the number of new infections has risen significantly in recent years. The epidemic is mainly concentrated in two populations: female sex workers and men who have sex with men, who represent 11% and 65% of all cases respectively. Prevention efforts are hampered by a legal and social framework that criminalises sex work and discriminates against men who have sex with men.
There is an urgent need to address other sexual and reproductive health in Mongolia. The country has consistently high rates of STI infections among the general population, indicating patterns of sexual behaviour that could fuel the spread of HIV.
In late 2010 the Alliance secretariat completed a series of country studies reflecting information against the first three strategic directions from the Alliance’s strategic framework for 2008-2010, IMPACT 2010. Click here to download the country study for Mongolia.
WHAT WE DO
Focus on marginalised populations
NAF currently implements programmes focusing on working with vulnerable and marginalised populations. The Foundation supports activities in areas considered to be most vulnerable to HIV, including Ulaanbaatar city and the border regions of Darkhan-Uul, Orkhon, Selenge, Dornogovi, Khovd and Dornod.
NAF seeks to generate interest and action on HIV within communities and to ensure that programmes are designed to meet their needs.
Strengthening civil society
NAF also provides programmatic and organisational support to NGOs working on HIV/STI prevention. Ongoing assistance has strengthened NAF's partners and has helped a number of organisations to start working on HIV and STIs for the first time.
The Foundation helped to establish Mongolia’s first organisations initiated and run by sex workers and men who have sex with men.
NAF promotes the participation of civil society in the response to STIs and HIV, working with a wide range of partners to improve the institutional and policy environment.
Through its national resource centre, the Foundation develops and disseminates up-to-date and targeted information throughout the country. In addition to its own website, NAF runs an award-winning website for young people.
Global Fund work
NAF has been a lead Sub Recipient to the Global Fund Rounds 2, 5 and 7. In 2008, the Foundation issued more than $300,000 of sub-grants to thirteen NGOs and community-based organisations (CBOs). While a member of Mongolia’s Country Coordinating Mechanism for Round 7, NAF played a key role in securing a new focus on integrating HIV and sexual and reproductive health within the national response. The organisation has significantly increased its support for community implementation of integrated services.
The Foundation implements a peer education programme to disseminate accurate information and deliver practical skills for preventing HIV/STI infection. More than 6,000 peer educators have been trained, and a national forum of peer educators is held every year.
NAF is currently applying for funding to implement programmes with men who have sex with men and sex workers in rural areas of Mongolia. The work will focus on strengthening CBOs, building project implementation capacities among them, and promoting the role of civil society in the national response.