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Development of Low Threshold Services in Leningrad Region

Project title Development of Low Threshold Services in Leningrad Region
Database Data manually inserted in the NDPHS Database
ID in the source database 1401
Thematic area HIV/AIDS
Topic HIV primary and secondary prevention with at-risk groups (IDUs, CSWs)
Project geographical area Russia
Substate level / administrative units /regions
  • Leningrad Oblast
  • Vyborg and Kingisepp Districts
Lead partner (organisation) National Institute for Health and Welfare, International Affairs, Finland
Lead partner (owner or/and project manager) no data
Partner organisations Leningrad Oblast AIDS Centre
Start date 2010-01-01
End date 2012-12-31
Duration (months) 36
Target audience - Staff of the established low-threshold support centres; - Volunteers (outreach workers); - Drug users, commercial sex workers, PLWHs and other at-risk groups who are potential clients of low-threshold support services.
Summary The model of a low threshold support centre was successfully tested in Murmansk Region (Murmansk City and Kandalaksha City) and proved it can be effective in preventing HIV/STI and drug use. The model was highly appraised and supported by Murmansk regional healthcare authorities. The idea of the given project proposal is to adapt the model of low-threshold services to Leningrad Region to provide better access to services for at-risk groups, particularly injecting drug users, and, eventually, to improve screening and prevention of HIV/TB in the project's areas. The idea originated from a LFA workshop held in May 2009 in Estonia with participation of representatives of Leningrad Region, Estonia and Finland. The idea was then supported by the authorities of Leningrad AIDS Centre and municipal authorities of Ivangorod.
Background The situation in the Leningrad Region with HIV and increased amount of HIV/tuberculosis co-infections cause immense concerns both with local authorities and internationally. The infection spreads through injecting drug use and unsafe sex, which are the most common transmission routes. In terms of drug use the Leningrad Region holds the first place in the Northwest Russia - every 20th young person is a drug user. Most recorded drug users are aged less than 24 years old. Social problems contribute drastically into the epidemic process - over half of HIV-positive diagnosed cases in 2008 were unemployed, 36% were active drug users, and 7% were alcohol addicted.
Objectives The overall objectives of the project are: 1) Reduction of HIV and earlier case-finding of tuberculosis in the Kingisepp and Vyborg Districts of the Leningrad Region. 2) Reduction of HIV/TB co-infection. Project's purpose: Services are better available and respond to needs of risk groups.
Specific objectives/indicators no data
Results Expected outcomes: 1) Low-threshold support services are established and functioning well. 2) Capacity of relevant professionals in HIV prevention, early detection and infection control of TB is improved. 3) Awareness of risk groups about HIV prevention, TB-related issues, and services available for at-risk groups has improved. 4) Collaboration between stakeholders has improved.
Total foreseen budget EUR 105,130
Total implementation costs
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Financing agencies / organisations Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Project's URL / project's website
Papers associated with this project no data
Further information no data
Last posted: on 2011-03-12 at 14:22:18

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