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The Governance of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Northwest Russia

Project title The Governance of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Northwest Russia
Database Data inserted through the NDPHS Project Pipeline
ID in the source database 13
Thematic area
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Public Health Practice and Policy
Topic This project is part of a larger project which has received funding from the Research Council of Norway to analyse the governance aspects of HIV/AIDS prevention in North-West Russia. While most of the research elements are covered by the grant, the project needs additional funding for developing the crucial policy linkages and educational elements that were planned in the original project proposal. Thus, the scope of the part of the project for which we seek additionsl funding from the MFA of Finland is i) to develop educational aspects of the project by linking it to institutions of higher education in Murmansk and Arkhangelsk, ii) produce policy briefs iii) organise a policy-relevant conference to present and discuss findings from the project iv) to carry out sociological surveys among risk groups and the general public in Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and St. Petersburg on attitudes to HIV/AIDS prevention, v) to invite an external expert group to give advice during all phases of the project implementation, and vi) to publish a policy-oriented book on the governance of HIV/AIDS prevention in NW Russia.
Project geographical area Russia
Substate level / administrative units /regions
  • Arkhangelsk Oblast
  • Murmansk Oblast
  • St. Petersburg
Lead partner (organisation) Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research
Lead partner (owner or/and project manager) no data
Partner organisations
Start date 2008-08-01
End date 2009-11-01
Duration (months) 15
Target audience 1. Direct beneficiaries:
a) Russian policy-makers in the sphere of HIV/AIDS prevention.
b)International donors supporting HIV/AIDS prevention activities in Russia.
c) Students in higher educations institutions (for medical, health and social workers) in Russia who will learn about best practices in HIV/AIDS prevention.

2. Indirect beneficiaries:
a) Professional groups (medical, health and social workers) involved in HIV/AIDS prevention
b) Risk groups and HIV positive (through improved HIV/AIDS policy)

Other stakeholder groups:
a) The Russian and international research community working on HIV/AIDS and public health-related topics
b) Public health authorities in Russia and the Northern Dimensions area.
Summary A large research project on the governance of HIV/AIDS prevention in North-West Russia has obtained funding from the Research Council of Norway. The project needs additional funding for financing integrated parts that address the further dissemination and application of project findings to a wider audience. If funding is obtained also for these parts, it is quite certain that the effects of the project will be much greater than if pure research audiences are targeted. Main potential users of project findings will then be Russian and international policy-makers engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention in Russia, as well as professional groups and students within medicine, nursing and social work. These are all groups that need to continuously learn more about and discuss HIV/AIDS prevention issues in order to develop better practices. In such a way the project will have better chances to reach its aim of furthering and improving multi-sectoral collaboration in HIV/AIDS prevention in the target area.
Background The project has already obtained 75% of the total funding needed from the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The project, which was the only health project supported in the Cooperation Programme with Russia, obtained excellent reviews by external experts (can be submitted on request). A detailed project description of the overall project can also be submitted. The Research Council of Norway, in its grant letter, expressed its wish for the whole project to be implemented, and encouraged the project partners to look for co-funding from other funding agencies for the parts of the project that were not financed by the Research Council due to constraints of resources. These are mostly the parts of the project that are not direct research activities (such as dissemination of project findings, expert group, educational activities) as well as surveys of behaviour and attitudes among risk groups and the general population.
Objectives The indirect (general) objectives are:
- to establish links between a research project (already funded) and policy-making processes and educational and capacity building activities
- to build and contribute to knowledge that will improve HIV/AIDS prevention strategies in Russia.
- to disseminate the results of the project to national policy-makers, international donors and local authorities and professional groups.
Specific objectives/indicators 1. Direct objectives:
i) make courses, and course materials, for students in medical, health and social work institutions in Murmansk and Arkhangelsk on HIV/AIDS prevention.
ii) establish an international external exptert group to the project to give advice during all phases of the project implementation
iii) to carry out surveys among risk groups and the general public on HIV/AIDS prevention
iv) organise a conference in NW-Russia
v) publish a book on HIV/AIDS prevention in NW-Russia.

2. The progress will be monitored through regular project meetings and annual/regular project progress reports to the funding agencies.
Monitoring indicators:
- course materials developed; courses held in higher educations institutions
- expert group established and contributing to project implementation
- surveys carried out and articles on survey results published
- agreement with publisher, book to be published (the book will be published after the project implementation period is finished)
Results Results:
a) Lessons learnt for policy-makers and professionals engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention in Russia (knowledge about best practices and alternative approaches);
b) Mainstreaming of HIV/AIDS prevention issues in student education in higher education institutions in NW-Russia (medicine, nursing and social work);
c) More cross-sectoral collaboration on HIV/AIDS prevention in the three regions;
d) Scientific impact (see item on dissemination below).

Measureable impacts:
- participation in courses, at conferences, seminars and workshops by different types of actors;
- accepted publications in both scientific and popular journals and newspapers;
- citations in such publications by authors outside of the project;
- a Russian PhD to be defended through the project;
- established networks.
Total foreseen budget EUR 630,000
Total implementation costs
(for completed projects, if available)
no data
Conversion to € was done on
(according to the relevant
exchange rate at
Infoeuro Monthly Files)
no data
Financing agencies / organisations Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Project's URL / project's website no data
Papers associated with this project no data
Further information The overall project is relatively large and complex, and in order to give a better overview of how the items sought financed from the MFA of Finland are linked to the overall research project, a more detailed project description can be provided (10 pages).
A review of the overall project from external anonymous referees of the Research Council of Norway can also be provided upon request.
Last posted: on 2009-08-26 at 12:17:41

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