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Country action plan for strengthening HIV/AIDS prevention in Bhutan. Bhutan is a low prevalence country for HIV. The Royal Government of Bhutan had taken prevention activities since early in 1988 . Current focus areas.

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Country action plan for strengthening HIV/AIDS prevention in Bhutan

Bhutan is a low prevalence country for HIV. The Royal Government of Bhutan had taken prevention activities since early in 1988.


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Current focus areas Bhutan

  • §     Advocacy to policy makers, Religious leaders, Armed forces, Youth (both in and out of school) and women. The biggest advocate is Her Majesty UNFPA’s Goodwill Ambassador.

  • §     Adolescents and Youth: RH, STI and HIV have been part of the education programme for in-school children

  • §     Condom promotion through RH programme, MSTF (multisectoral task force members established by Her Majesty to fight diseases which includes HIV)

  • §     UNFPA works loosely with UNICEF in PMTCT and with WHO for sentinel survilience activities

  • HIV/AIDS well integrated in the National plans


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Country action plan for next three years Bhutan

Focus area

Outputs

Strategies

Resources

Data needs

Strengthened capacity for data collection and analysis

i)Rapid assessment studies (qualitative and quantative)

ii)Training of Nationals

TA/ Financial

HIV prevention in Young people

Strengthened and expanded youth friendly services

i)Review of existing services

ii)Establishing VCT

iii)condom programming (see under condom programming)

TA/Finance

Condom Programming

Increased access to condom among high risk and vulnerable groups

i)Establishing social marketing

ii)Advocacy

TA/Fiancial

Pregnant women

Strengthened integration of HIV prevention in antenatal care

i)Inter-agencies collaboration in PMTCT and sentinel survelience

ii)Prevention before pregnancy through MSTF/ Non formal education system

Gender and HIV

Strengthened gender mainstreaming

i)Advocacy is already happening

ii) working with women’s association


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Constraints inn strengthening HIV AIDS in country programme Bhutan

  • Lack of professional capacity & funding

  • No clear policy guidelines

  • Porous border


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Suggestions for strengthening HIV AIDS programme Bhutan

  • Recruitment and training

  • Formulation of comprehensive policy guideline

  • Cross-border collaboration

  • Sustained funding assistance