Project BORDERNETwork 2010-2012


— General and specific objectives


General objective:  


Overarching goal is to improve prevention, diagnostic and treatment of HIV/AIDS (incl. co-infections) and STIs through bridging gaps in practice, policies and cross-country cooperation and enhancing capacity in interdisciplinary response (medical, prevention, research.)


Given that highly active prevention is the main vehicle to decrease HIV rates, the project aims to:

       •  Boost regional networks in public health sector and mobilise

          civil society resources in order to increase the impact of local

       •  Enhance links between epidemiological and behavioural research and evidence-based interventions;
       •  Improve coordination of practices for better quality assurance in prevention measures;
       •  Forge better links between diagnostic and treatment systems


Specific objectives:


1. Interdisciplinary networks:

To scale up the implementation of highly active prevention through boosting network cooperation on national, model regional and cross-border level in CEE and SEE in a three-year period

2. Bridge research to practice:

To advance by 2012 the state of research and evidence of HIV/STIs risks through outline of comparable risk behavioural indicators among vulnerable groups and to bridge findings to effective HIV combination prevention


3. Early diagnostic:

To intensify efforts for two years in early diagnosis of HIV and STIs for most at risk groups based on human rights and gender equity and to decrease the number of those unaware of their infection status


4. Referral and treatment systems:
To augment by mid 2012 the country-specific evidence on treatment and care of HIV and co-infections and to enhance interlinks in referral systems for diagnostic, treatment and care of STIs, HIV/AIDS and co-infections


5. Participatory approaches:
To improve HIV/STIs in two-and-a half-years period community based prevention and sexual health for ethnic minorities (e.g. ROMA) and migrant groups through capacity building in participatory prevention models


6. Quality assurance in youth prevention:
  To enhance accountability and evidence-based evaluation in youth HIV/STIs prevention, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) programmes by end of 2011