Accelerating the Pace: Reaching Marginalized and Vulnerable Populations with Critical Services

What is the project about

Photo: HIV Testing, UNDP Belize, 2011Photo: HIV Testing, UNDP Belize, 2011

The focus of this project is Poverty Reduction with emphasis on combatting HIV/AIDS.

Funded by Global Fund Round 9 Grant, the project began in the last quarter of 2010 and the first phase continues up to November 2012.  It is expected that the Project will make a substantial impact on reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS in Belize, in addition to other results, through strong implementing partnerships that UNDP Belize as the principal recipient, the National Aids Commission as the country coordinating mechanism, the Government and non-government organizations are developing, in line with the project’s work plan and monitoring and evaluation plan.

The overall goal of the Project, “Accelerating the Pace: Reaching Marginalized and Vulnerable Populations with Critical Services”, is to “Halt the spread of HIV with a special emphasis on young people 15–24” in Belize. It proposes to address key gaps in the national response to HIV/AIDS, and focus specifically on the most at-risk groups in the two most affected districts, Belize and Stann Creek. This project is structured with both, an HIV and a Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) component.  It aims to: 1) reduce the sexual transmission of HIV among young people, MSM and FSW; 2) improve the quality of life of PLWHA and children infected and affected by HIV & AIDS; 3) improve the coverage and quality of the continuum of care for HIV infected and affected populations through enhanced ART treatment; 4) enhance the skill sets of the human resources at all levels in the national response to HIV and AIDS; 5) further develop the BHIS to enhance M&E and project management; 6) enhance the medical laboratory system; and 7) further improve procurement and supply management systems.

What have we accomplished so far

The Global Fund Round 9 Project in Belize has entailed productive partnerships with the National AIDS Commission, Government counterparts like the Ministry of Health and local health clinics, NGOs working with persons living with or affected by HIV AIDS.  New organizations like CNET have resulted and innovative partners like the Youth for the Future have been linked up with for increased effectiveness.

Phase 1 has now been completed and a Health Systems Strengthening System has been put in place, the Government Central Medical Laboratory has received much needed equipment, and condom distribution has been consistently taken place in both urban and rural areas, through an extensive and effective network.  Young people have been trained to provide peer support, both within the school system as well as for out of school youth.

With UNDP's support, as principal recipient, Phase II has now been approved and is under way.  Success of phase I is due to the ongoing collaboration of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) and the consistent efforts from all sub-recipients of the Project.


Major sources of financing (including all sources providing more than $100,000).

2010 - 2012
Amount (US)
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) R9 Grant (Phase 1)
Total Cost of Project $3,178,720

Delivery in previous fiscal years

Total delivery up through the most recent year for which UNDP’s financial books have closed.

Amount (US)
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) R9 Grant (Phase 1)
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) R9 Grant (Phase 1)