DFID, UNDP sign US$ 3.2 m MoU to implement national HIV/AIDS in NepalDec 30, 2008
DFID, UNDP sign US$ 3.2 m MoU to implement national HIV/AIDS in Nepal
December 30, 2008
30 December 2008, Kathmandu - The Department For International Development (DFID) and UNDP have signed US$ 3.2 (' 2.2 m) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to continue supporting the implementation of the national HIV/AIDS response in Nepal for 2009. With this, DFID's total contribution since 2005 to the national HIV/AIDS response in Nepal amounts to US$13.8m (' 9,400,000).
With the additional available resources, UNDP will continue the implementation of comprehensive services for Most At-Risk Populations in 2009 and support the institutional capacity strengthening of the National Centre for AIDS and STD Control, Ministry of Health and Population and the HIV/AIDS & STD Control Board. The DFID funding will also complement and supplement the Round 7 grant from the Global Fund for AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), ensuring stronger national response on HIV/AIDS.
HIV/AIDS has the potential to become a national crisis in Nepal. The overall HIV prevalence in Nepal is estimated at 0.49% of the adult population corresponding to about 70,000 people living with HIV, out of which approximately one in three are women. The Most At-Risk Populations have been identified as migrant labourers, commercial sex workers and their clients, injecting drug users (IDUs) and men who have sex with men (MSM).
In 2008 UNDP continued to partner with the GFATM and the Department for International Development (DFID) to support the Government in the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, 2006-2011 and the National Action Plan 2006-2008.
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