Funding response to HIV/AIDS – story from Croatia

Sep 23, 2015


The report Towards Domestic Financing of National HIV responses highlights the efforts of Croatia to continue funding the national response to HIV/AIDS that has been significantly augmented by the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF) grant from 2003 to 2006.

The GF project was not only about funding, it was also about mobilization of different stakeholders, including politicians, NGOs, health care and other professionals. Croatia succeeded to maintain a low level HIV epidemic in the past three decades. However, many challenges remain. 

Unfortunately, a low-level epidemic often means low-level priority in the society and health care system. Because of this there is a constant challenge of funding, particularly funding of prevention that is not within the scope of the national insurance scheme. And the funds should go where they can truly prevent a case of new HIV infection and have the greatest impact on the epidemic. 

After Croatia’s accession as full EU member, lessons learnt from the transition processes towards domestic financing of the national HIV response will be of great value for other countries in the South Eastern European sub-region and beyond. 

This report has been prepared on initiative of the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub in collaboration with UNDP Croatia and the Croatian Institute of Public Health. Valuable inputs were provided by the Croatian Ministry of Health, many NGOs, academic institutions, and many other stakeholders.