The Republic of Moldova’s National Health Insurance Fund has announced that it will finance HIV prevention services provided by nongovernmental organizations for two projects for key populations. The services will cover sex workers, gay men and other men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs in Chișinău and Bălți. Approximately US$ 120 000 will be provided to cover an initial one-year period.
The nongovernmental organizations Youth for the Right to Live, which is based in Bălți, and Initiativa Pozitiva, which is based in Chișinău, will implement the projects, which aim to reach around 1000 people who use drugs in Bălți and about 700 people from key populations in Chișinău.
In 2018, four projects will be supported by the National Health Insurance Fund, with a target of 60% of needs to be covered from domestic resources by 2020.
“After two decades of financial support for HIV prevention programmes from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, we developed a national mechanism for contracting nongovernmental organizations to provide such services using resources from the National Health Insurance Fund. This is the result of advocacy work by many national stakeholders and the full commitment and support of the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Protection.”
“The success we achieved after over 10 years of advocacy is based on the political will of the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Protection and the insistence of civil society. We have been involved in all stages. Our aim is to ensure this is a viable mechanism that will be sustainable over the years, so that HIV prevention programmes can continue to save lives.”
“Despite the financial challenges facing the Republic of Moldova, the government is taking a step ahead to walk the walk on funding for harm reduction. This mechanism for government funding is the best way to ensure that harm reduction programmes in the country are effectively implemented and sustained.”