Strengthening National Capacity for Effective Youth Development and HIV/AIDS Response in Ukraine

Project Summary

The project helps to strengthen national capacity for effective youth development and HIV/AIDS response to accelerate progress of MDGs related to health through innovative models of youth employment, and promoting healthy life style and civic engagement among youth.

Ukraine’s 6.25 million young people aged 15-24 are the next generation of economic and social actors who need to be well prepared to integrate in the country’s labour market and economic activities. At present, a large number of young people face significant difficulties entering the labour market.  Youth unemployment rate represented 17.5% in 2012, which is significantly higher compared to adults (55% of all unemployed people in Ukraine were youth).  A key factor affecting the employability of young people is an outdated higher and vocational education system which is not adjusted to the needs of the Ukrainian labour market.

Project Goals

  1. Strengthen capacities of state and civil society institutions to effectively plan, implement, monitor and evaluate national and sub-national multi-sectoral HIV/AIDS strategies and action plans, and to promote healthy life style with the special focus on youth;
  2. Develop capability of the public sector institutions to protect the human rights of people affected by HIV/AIDS, especially youth, to address gender and HIV linkages in policies and plans  and to ensure equal access to prevention, treatment, care and support services for men who have sex with men and transgender people;  
  3. Enhance national health care system to ensure effective diagnostics and treatment of tuberculosis;  
  4. Support and strengthen national capacities to test and implement innovative youth development approaches.


  • National AIDS Programme for 2014-2018 approved by the Government envisages innovative ways to expand medical care and social support to people living with HIV/AIDS as well as prevention measures.
  • Government has passed a Resolution on compulsory licensing of medicines
  • Cost-reduction strategy for Ukraine
  • State Service on HIV/AIDS and other Socially Dangerous Diseases conceptually agreed with the recommendations on repealing criminal prosecution for non-intentional HIV transmission as part of the country’s efforts to combat stigma and adopt best practices in HIV and the law.
  • Comprehensive HIV services monitoring system established in Odessa region.
  • International Conference on Healthy Life Style conducted.
  • 56 people living with HIV from Ukraine and Russian Federation have better knowledge and skills about AIDS legislation and human rights-based approach.
  • TB Institute “F.I. Yanovskiy” in Kiev and TB dispensaries of Kramatorsk, Gorlivka, Shakhtarsk and Mariupil have been provided with modern TB diagnostic equipment and disposable materials.




Donor name



US$ 281 500

Foundation “Development of Ukraine”

US$ 34 775




Total delivery

US$ 333 864
Project Overview
Project start date:
Estimated end date:
2014 Total budget:
US$ 197.275
Geographic coverage:
Focus Area:
Poverty Reduction
Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases
Project officer:
Vira Profazi
Ministry of Health of Ukraine, State Service for Youth and Sports of Ukraine, State Service of Ukraine on HIV/AIDS and Other Socially Dangerous Diseases, Ministry Education and Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine, Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine, Parliament of Ukraine, Judges, Prosecutors, National and Oblasts AIDS Centres, Regional State Administrations, NGOs (All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH, International Alliance on HIV/AIDS, Coalition of HIV-service organizations, “Gidnist”, Gay Alliance, Gay Forum of Ukraine), East Europe and Central Asia Union of People Living with HIV, UN Agencies, UNAIDS Secretariat