United Nations Development Programme

Russian Federation


HIV/AIDS Programme

UNDP works to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and reduce its impact. As a trusted development partner, and co-sponsor of UNAIDS, it helps countries put HIV/AIDS at the centre of national development and poverty reduction strategies; build national capacity to mobilize all levels of government and civil society for a coordinated and effective response to the epidemic; and protect the rights of people living with AIDS, women, and vulnerable populations. Because HIV/AIDS is a world-wide problem, UNDP supports these national efforts by offering knowledge, resources and best practices from around the world.

The Russias programme on HIV/AIDS aims at raising capacity of national partners to respond to HIV/AIDS by mobilizing high-caliber expert support as well as the best international experience. In accordance with the UNDP corporate mandate it falls into the following components.

Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS

In order to mitigate HIV/AIDS impact on human development, UNDP promotes multi-sector response involving various stakeholders in the field of HIV/AIDS. As such, prior achievements include successful cooperation with the Russian Ministry of Defense aimed at testing and integration of peer education methodology in the military setting and HIV/AIDS capacity building of the conscription commissions. UNDP supported advocacy campaign targeting parliamentarians in the Chelyabinsk region resulted in the strong partnership of the local AIDS service NGO and one of the influential representatives of the Local Parliamentary Assembly. Cooperation with the Russian Orthodox Church and other faith-based organization is well established and has a good potential to scale up. Strategic dimension of HIV/AIDS mainstreaming strategy is integration of HIV/AIDS into the socio-economic sector including the development sector ministries and corporate business sector.

HIV and Governance

In cooperation with the UNAIDS Secretariat and other UN Agencies, UNDP Russia advocates the application of three ones principles in the national response to HIV/AIDS by raising capacities of state and non-state actors and strengthening their partnership relations. UNDP along with UNAIDS facilitated the process of institutionalization of the national Monitoring and Evaluation system by establishing the M&E Unit at the federal level and continuously supporting the preparation of the UNGASS Report. Series of capacity building seminars on monitoring and evaluation were carried out for the representatives of the state institutions as well as for non-governmental organizations. The latter are in the focus of attention of UNDP which provides institutional development support to the AIDS service NGOs, particularly to the network organizations such as the Forum of AIDS service NGOs and the Russian Association of People living with HIV.