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About HIV and Drug Cross Border Prevention Project

The project “Prevention of HIV transmissions and drugs among resident population in the cross-border area” is an EU funded project managed by the European Union Office in Kosovo, and compiled from the two implementing organizations of the project, NGO Labyrinth and NGO HOPS from the programme partnering countries.  This project has a two year implementation period time, from October of year 2014 to October 2016. 

The targeting municipalities of the action will be the cross-border region:

  • Municipalities of Prishtina, Gjilan, Prizren and Kaçanik, Skopje, Kumanovo, Tetovo and Gostivar.

Activities which shall be implemented in this action are divided into 4 main groups:

  1. Raising awareness activities ( media campaign, public debate to be held in each municipality targeted with the action, winter and summer school on HIV and drug prevention)

  2. Activities related with creating common strategy and joint activities in the area of HIV prevention (preparation of analysis on HIV prevention mechanisms, training on strategic planning with civil servants adoption of local strategic and action plans)

  3. Capacity building activities with the local institutions and other stakeholder groups (training on HIV and drug prevention with staff of prisons, hospitals, police stations, centers for social work, centers for public health, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and  Social Policy)

  4. Activities promoting cross-border co-operation in the respective area (development of web platform, coordination cross-border meetings)

Target group

Most–at-risk population (drug users, sex workers, sexual minorities, prisoners, adolescents); CSO working with most-at-risk population; municipalities, relevant authorities (centres for social care, centres for public health, hospitals, prisons)

Final beneficiaries
Most-at-risk population and citizens in the municipalities of Skopje, Gostivar, Tetovo, Kumanovo, Prishtina, Gjilan, Prizren & Kacanik

Estimated result
Planned results are:
- Increased public awareness on HIV/drug prevention in the respective eight municipalities
- Increased capacity of the local institutions for developing sustainable HIV/drug prevention mechanisms
-  Increased cross-border promotion of HIV/drug prevention mechanisms
Therefore, it is expected that the Project will result in increased public awareness on HIV/drug prevention in the respective eight municipalities, increased capacity of the local institutions for developing sustainable HIV/drug prevention mechanisms and increased cross-border border promotion of HIV/drug prevention mechanisms.

Overall objective;

of the action is to contribute to sustainable social cohesion between Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo through establishing cross-border partnership in the area of HIV prevention.  The wellbeing of the citizens in the society is not solely dependent on the quality of public governance - often it is affected by external factors and threats such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes progressive failure of the immune system and has caused significant casualties on global level.

Specific objectives;
of the action are: raising awareness on prevention of HIV transmission among most-at-risk population in the municipalities of Skopje, Tetovo, Kumanovo, Gostivar, Prishtina, Gjilan, Prizren and Kacanik in Kosovo; raising awareness on prevention of drug use  in the municipalities of of Prishtina, Gjilan, Prizren and Kacanik , promoting partnership between the civil and public sector in establishing sustainable HIV and drug prevention mechanisms; and promoting cross-border co-operation between local institutions and organizations from bordering areas of Macedonia and Kosovo as valuable tool  for exchange of best practices and achieving long-term results on regional level

The lack of sustainable mechanisms can be easily seen through the treatment the most-at-risk population has in the society. The injecting drug users, sex workers, sexual minorities, prisoners are marginalized groups in the society are often victims of discrimination and mistreatment. This action intends to encourage these groups actively to participate in the social life and decision making processes on local and national level.

As a conclusion it can be stated that this action promotes partnership and cooperation between the state authorities and the civic society aiming to maximize the effect of their activities and achieve sustainable results. Special attention is given to the members of the marginalized groups in the society, more precisely those that are categorized as most-at-risk population to be infected with HIV (IDUs, sex workers, sexual minorities, prisoners). The action has sensitive and inclusive approach towards these marginalized groups intending not only to introduce them with the existing threats and tendencies that are related to HIV transmission, but at the same time to encourage them actively to involve in the public and social life and the decision making processes on local and regional level

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