Georgia (Total GHCS-State: $850,000)
USAID ($850,000): USAID plans to focus its HIV prevention efforts in the following areas: interventions with high-risk groups, especially injection drug users (IDUs); TA and capacity building of local government and NGOs; improving HIV surveillance and influencing policy decisions through adequate use of epidemiological data; and reducing stigma in the general population and promoting healthy lifestyles and increasing HIV/AIDS awareness at the community level. A community-level intervention for IDUs will include components that focus on the individual as well as targeting surrounding people and communities that can influence IDU norms. In this approach peer-based education will be based on skills-building and positive role modeling. Although activities will be focused in the three regions with the highest population density and HIV prevalence, USAID will continue to be engaged in national policy dialogue. This includes introducing necessary changes to the Narcotic Drug Prevention and AIDS laws and supporting development of the National HIV Prevention Strategy.
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