Central Asian Program on AIDS Control and Intervention in Targeting Youth and High-risk Groups (CAPACITY)

Category 2

The Central Asian Program on AIDS Control and Intervention Targeting Youth and High-Risk Groups (CAPACITY) Project aims to build Central Asian technical capacity to launch large-scale and urgent responses to HIV and AIDS, and to develop indigenous institutions and networks that can develop and manage the comprehensive HIV control programs. Reflecting USAID's commitment to supporting sustainable and appropriate multi-sectoral responses to HIV and AIDS, CAPACITY is working closely with Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs), Republican AIDS Centers, Sanitary and Epidemiological Services, NGOs, implementing partners, and donors.

Goal of the Practice
  • Build capacities in HIV and AIDS prevention in target groups, VCT care &support, ART, and integrating HIV, AIDS &TB services.
  • Strengthen the institutional capacity of NGOs and civil society to prevent and control HIV; Target high-risk groups, such as IDUs, sex workers and vulnerable youth.
  • Integrate HIV prevention and control efforts with on-going health sector reforms.
Core Components
  • Strategy 1: Improving Stewardship of the National HIV/AIDS Programs in Central Asia.
  • Strategy 2: Educating and Empowering Vulnerable Populations.
  • Strategy 3: Improving the Quality of HIV/AIDS Services.
  • Strategy 4: Improving Resource-Use through Integration of HIV/AIDS Services.
Noteworthy Results
  • CAPACITY designed model HIV prevention packages in three countries for IDUs and sex workers.
  • CAPACITY designed the civil society mobilization strategy.
Lessons Learned
  • All stakeholders and partners working on country HIV response should agree to coordination role of National Steward in designing, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of national AIDS programs.
  • In turn Steward should encourage equal and active participation of stakeholders from all sectors of society, including vulnerable groups and PLWH, in all phases of National AIDS Program.
  • Transparency, participatory approach, effective communication and sharing information among all partners should be leading principles of National Steward's work.
Focus Areas
Cross-Cutting Issues
Implemented By
John Snow, Inc. (JSI)
Participating Organization
  • Abt Associates
  • Boston University
  • Howard University
  • International HIV/AIDS Alliance
  • Population Services International
Russia & Eastern Europe
Target Population
  • Children (ages 2-12)
  • Sex Workers (SW)
  • Injecting Drug Users (IDU)
> 50000
Implementation Years
08/2004 - 09/2009