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Workshop attended by International Consultant Ms. Lisa Johnston

Workshop was held at the NCAP Training Resource Center on 13 September, where preliminary findings from the 2018 HIV Integrated Biological and Behavioral Surveillance Surveys implemented among the key populations were presented, and findings from activities on those populations’ size estimates were presented and discussed.

NCAP Director Proff. Samvel Grigoryan, speaking about the surveillance’ importance, noted that it provides opportunity to assess and monitor the prevalence of HIV infection, HIV awareness, HIV driving behavioral specificities of the key populations. He also indicated that the surveys’ results would become firm basis for building national indicators. The surveillance was implemented under the Global Fund support with the technical assistance of the 5% Initiative of France, with participation of Lisa Johnston, a worldwide expert in the field of HIV scientific research, who provided external supervision of all stages of the surveillance activities and ensured its consistency with the internationally recognized standards and methodology.

1.Grigoryan attached great importance to implementing the surveys, because their results give ground for developing strategies of the National AIDS Programme, outlining activities among the key populations, defining output and outcome indicators, their collection, monitoring and evaluation. Populations’ size estimates is important for planning prevention activities, re-estimating number of PLHIV, building on the HIV cascade, calculating indicators of the 90-90-90 targets.

Hasmik Harutyunyan, the Global Fund Program Coordination Team Manager welcomed the workshop attendees with an opening remarks. She noted that the implemented surveys are important also in the context of claiming to the Global Fund grants, since findings obtained from the surveys form a ground for planning and submitting to the Global Fund effective activities for reaching the specified targets.

Then, Lisa Johnston presented steps, methodology and key results of the implemented biological and behavioral surveys, methodology of the populations’ size estimates. She provided explanations for the given questions.