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2 August 2005 – Hearings on HIV/AIDS issue in Ulyanovsk Region took part at the Security Council meeting under the Governor of Ulyanovsk Oblast. Vice-Governor on social issues, Vice-Governor on economic issues, Director of Healthcare Department, Chief Doctor of AIDS Centre and other high officials were among the speakers at the meeting. Materials for the speeches were prepared by the experts of EU project and specialists of AIDS Centre. At the session it was decided to strengthen inter-ministerial cooperation in the sphere of HIV/AIDS prevention.

May 2005 – Experts of the project in collaboration with their partners from UNAIDS elaborated Draft Advocacy Paper for decision- makers.

April 2005 – The project experts presented social and economic consequences of HIV epidemic in Russia to representatives of business sector at the annual Meeting of The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and at the Club of Directors.

September 2004 г. – The project held a round table meeting for Regional AIDS Centres and NGOs in the framework of the International Conference on HIV and hepatitis in Suzdal. The seminar highlighted the issues related to interaction between RACs and NGOs in HIV prevention.

November 2004. To raise HIV awareness and to promote necessity of the increased level of HIV prevention funding among Duma deputies the project arranged the round table discussion of the Parliamentary Working Group on HIV/ AIDS . The subject to discuss was „Overview of the Russian Federal HIV/AIDS Subprogramme, 2002-2006”. Specifically, it was noted that the annual budget of the Federal Subprogramme to combat HIV is about USD 4.64 mln, whereas WHO estimated that USD 60-70 mln is required. The next Round Table meeting is scheduled for September 2005.

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