Continuation of HIV/AIDS activities in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
HIV prevalence has remained very low in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, but the number of new cases is growing each year, primarily among most at-risk populations. The increase is partly due to earlier diagnosis of HIV, because of greater availability of services in the country. By the end of 2015, 270 HIV/AIDS cases were registered.
Recognizing that spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care is a continuing process, the WHO Country Office organizes national HIV/AIDS activities by promoting greater access to prevention and treatment for all, and by encouraging governments to act.
National HIV/AIDS campaign
The national HIV/AIDS awareness campaign aims to increase the level of visibility of prevention programmes, to provide evidence of their effectiveness and to promote further implementation. It also aims to create more supportive environments by tackling issues such as stigma and discrimination, and by promoting gender equality and human rights to most at-risk populations.
In order to supplement the national campaign and encourage more HIV/AIDS awareness activities, a documentary film was produced. The film shows how prevention programmes help people living with HIV/AIDS, for example with social re-inclusion, and encourages deeper involvement of key stakeholders and decision-makers.
The WHO Country Office in cooperation with the Ministry of Health follows an integrated approach in implementing the biennial collaborative agreement 2016–2017. By engaging technical capacities and relevant sectors, including civil society, the Country Office will continue to provide support in implementing Health 2020 and to promote universal health coverage for combating HIV/AIDS. In addition, the Country Office is facilitating development of a HIV/AIDS national strategy 2016–2021, which is people-centred and in line with the Sustainable Development Goals on health.