On 1 December 2018, the Deputy Mayor of Tbilisi Sophio Khuntsaria and Lev Zohrabyan from The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) signed the Paris Declaration to end the AIDS epidemic in Tbilisi by 2030. More than 300 municipalities all over the world joined the Fast Track CITIes initiative that was initiated by the Mayor of Paris and UNAIDS in 2014. The Initiative implies the commitment of the city’s authorities to achieve goals 90-90-90 by 2020, when 90% of citizens living with HIV know their status, 90% of them are on therapy and 90% of those on ART have an undetectable viral load. In addition, commitments on Fast-Track Cities imply achieving a ‘zero’ level of discrimination against people living with HIV.
‘Today Government of Tbilisi is making bold decision to end AIDS epidemic by 2030. This is a challenging task and only true collaboration with community of people leaving with HIV, NGOs, other branches of city government can end AIDS epidemic in the city’ said Lev Zohrabyan of UNAIDS. ‘Today we are signing the Paris Declaration which means that Tbilisi, as well as other leading cities, recognizes the burden of HIV/AIDS at the city level and joins the Fast Track initiative to end the AIDS epidemic.’ stated Ms. Khuntsaria.
Tbilisi signed the Paris Declaration with the support of ‘Fast-Track HIV/TB responses for key populations in EECA cities’ regional project implemented by Alliance for Public Health (Ukraine) together with AFEW International (The Netherlands), licit (Switzerland) and under technical guidance of Stop TB Partnership and UNAIDS EECA office within 2017-2019. Center for Information and Counseling on Reproductive Health ‘Tanadgoma’ is project implementing partner in Tbilisi.