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					SWISS COOPERATION OFFICE BULGARIA / Embassy of Switzerland




                                 MANAGEMENT OF THE TREATMENT OF THE
                                 SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS (STI)


                                 PROJECT FACTSHEET



                                 OBJECTIVES:
                                          The general objective is to reduce STIs and HIV transmission and the associated mor-
                                          bidity and to stimulate the decrease of stigmatisation and the respect of the individual
                                          human rig hts by promoting policies changes at national level.

                                 PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
                                          In order to promote an equitable and efficient healthcare services, SDC decided as from
                                          01.01.2000 to support a 2-year MSF Programme in the domain of the Sexually Transmitted
 Programme Area:                          Infections (STI) and the HIV/AIDS prevention in Bulgaria. In the beginning of 2004 the
 Health                                   Bulgarian staff members of the MSF Mission in Sofia expressed the will to take over the
                                          centre and its activities. For this purpose they created an association: Health without bor-
 Project Number:
 7F-00873.03
                                          ders”. During this last phase of support, SDC is supposed to contribute financially up to
                                          20% to the overall budget for the 2-year period. The two other donors are the Global
 Duration of present phase:               Fund to fig ht AIDS, TB and Malaria (42%) and MSF-Switzerland (38%). The beneficiaries
 01.04.2005 – 31.03.2007                  of the project are adolescent and young people, minority group, marginalized people,
                                          and homeless, injecting drugs users, commercial sexual workers and man who have sex
 Swiss contribution::                     with men. It is expected that the program will make a significant contribution to improve
 CHF 80’000                               their health. The continuation of Centre for Sexual Health project will from one side, sustain
                                          and enhance the Ministry of Health in its commitment to fig ht the current STIs epidemic.
 Partners/Beneficieries:
                                          On the other side, the provision of the services delivered to the patients will give them the
 MoH-Global Fund to fig ht
 AIDS,TBG and Malaria
                                          opportunity of accessing health care facilities that pay attention to fundamental working
 Programme/MSF-Switzerland                princi ples of anonymity, confidentiality and respect of patient rig hts.

 Implementing Agencies:
                                 RESULTS ACHIEVED SO FAR:
 Association Zdrave bez
 Granitzi                             l   The Centre for Sexual Health, after 5 years of successful development and offering ser-
                                          vices to their patients, became an example of good medical practice and has been used
 Contacts:
 Elena Birindjieva
                                          as such in the process of establishment of Voluntary Counseling and Testing services
 Eleonora Palazova                        (VCT) in the frame of a National Program for Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS;
 Association Zdrave bez               l   A Study on performance, costs and acceptability of different management approaches
 Granitzi
                                          to the vaiginal discharge was established jointly by the London School of Hygiene and
 2, Zdrave Str.SBALAG
 Maïchin Dom
                                          Tropical Medecine and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)/Epicentre;
 Sofia 1431, Bulgaria                 l   MSF withdrew successfully in March 2005 by handing over all their activities to a
 Tel/Fax: ++359-2-952 02 88               Bulgarian NGO-Zdrave bez Granitzi;
 cshbulg@hotmailcom

 Swiss Cooperation Office        RESULTS EXPECTED:
 Embassy of Switzerland
 21 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.            l   Reduction of the STIs and HIV/AIDS transmission and morbidity among young people and
 1504 Sofia, Bulgaria;                    people with risky behaviour throug h stimulating the change of sexual behaviour, early
 Tel. (++359) 2 946 1827                  management and screening, in Sofia region, Bulgaria;
 sofia@sdc.net
 www.swisscooperation.bg              l   Increased knowledge of the adolescents in the area of sexual and reproductive health in
                                          children institutions, throug h information, education and sexual health promotion;