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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is leveraging its role under two multi-country programmes funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to develop and roll out an innovative training package to reduce stigma and discrimination at health care settings and enhance HIV, STI and other sexual health services for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people in Asia.
UNDP is the Principal Recipient for the Multi-Country South Asia HIV Programme, which covers eight countries, and provides Technical Assistance for the ISEAN-HIVOS Multi-Country HIV Programme, which is implemented in four countries. The training package, titled “The Time Has Come: Enhancing HIV, STI and other sexual health services for MSM and transgender people in Asia and the Pacific: Training package for health providers to reduce stigma in health care settings”, was jointly developed by UNDP and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2013.
“The Global Fund welcomes the innovative approach of leveraging two multi-country grants to tackle stigma against men who have sex with men and transgender persons in healthcare settings,” stated Maria Kirova, Head, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. “By bringing together governments, communities and technical partners to develop, pilot and implement this compressive training package, UNDP’s approach has enabled national HIV programmes across Asia to benefit from cross-country learning and best practices.”
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