December 07, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the human rights situation in 5 EECA countries: on December 9, about 2000 HR cases will be presented

On December 9, 2020, from 11:00 to 14:30 (GMT + 2), on the eve of International Human Rights Day, a live discussion The rights of key groups in Georgia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Ukraine: situation, monitoring, response to violations will be held.

The online event will for the first time unveil data on the analysis of offenses collected over the year in 5 countries with the REAct database – a unique system for responding to violations of the rights of key populations vulnerable to HIV and tuberculosis (TB). During the year, about 2000 cases were registered from people living with HIV and representatives of key groups.

“It is impossible to stop the HIV and TB epidemics by continuing to violate human rights, criminalize groups at risk, practice gender inequality. And inaction is unacceptable. REAct is an effective tool for monitoring human rights violations by communities, as well as for immediate response and protection of rights,” says Andriy Klepikov, Executive Director of the Alliance for Public Health.

As part of the online discussion, an analytical report on Georgia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Ukraine will be presented, which reflects the main trends and nature of human rights violations among representatives of key groups, as well as offers recommendations for improving the situation in each of the countries. The main goal of the event is to combine experience and improve the effectiveness of human rights work.

As noted by the Alliance for Public Health, based on analysis in 5 countries, it is clear that representatives of key populations, namely people living with HIV, people who use drugs, men who have sex with men and sex workers do not have equal access to the exercise of their rights. and freedoms.

Discussion speakers:

  • Andriy Klepikov, Executive Director, Alliance for Public Health;
  • Igor Kuzin, acting General Director, Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine;
  • Tetiana Deshko, Director of International Programs, Alliance for Public Health;
  • Mikhail Golichenko, international human rights expert, Senior Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network;
  • Marina Novachuk, Senior Adviser, UNAIDS Country Office in Ukraine;
  • Olga Varetskaya, Associate Director for Strategic Information and M&E, Alliance for Public Health.

We invite you to participate in the online broadcast on Facebook (in Russian and English).

Remarkably, Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights emphasizes that everyone has the right to medical care. Health for All has become a key principle in the work of WHO and all international and national health institutions. However, according to the collected evidence in the REAct database, the main violations of the rights of at-risk groups in the countries of the region are discrimination, misconduct, violence by law enforcement agencies (45% of cases), denial of access to medical services, disclosure of medical data and stigma by employees of institutions health care (26%), physical violence against women by both sex partners and relatives and police officers (20%).

To date this tool for responding to human rights violations is being successfully implemented by the Alliance for Public Health team with partners in 5 countries, and by the end of 2020 it is planned to expand the geography of work to 2 more countries. Overall, the REAct partnership in the EECA region accounts for 14 non-governmental organizations in Georgia, 9 in Moldova, 7 in Tajikistan, 13 in Kyrgyzstan, and 28 in Ukraine. The overall project coverage includes 28 cities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The REAct team, in addition to recording complaints on violations, provides consultations for victims on legal issues, provides social assistance and support, and also assists in solving cases through mediation or appeals to law enforcement agencies.

LIVE streaming

In english:

  • facebook https://www.facebook.com/AlliancePublicHealth/
  • youtube

In russian

  • facebook https://www.facebook.com/AlliancePublicHealth/
  • youtube

Additional Information:

The International Charitable Foundation “Alliance for Public Health” is a leading non-governmental professional organization that has a significant impact on the epidemic of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis and other socially dangerous diseases by providing financial and technical support to relevant programs that reach more than 250,000 representatives of key population groups, which is the highest in Europe. The organization has been regularly conducting research, innovating and disseminating best practice in evidence-based approaches to accelerate the response to HIV/AIDS, TB and hepatitis worldwide for 20 years.

The REAct tool in the EECA region is being implemented by the Alliance for Public Health, within the framework of the regional project “Sustainability of services for key populations in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region”, with financial support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

REAct (Rights-Evidence-Action) is an online system that allows to document violations of the human rights of representatives of key groups vulnerable to HIV and tuberculosis (TB), and to respond to such violations.

Frontline AIDS has developed the system’s tools and is the technical partner of #SoS_project for working with the REAct system in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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December 02, 2020

Help24.org.ua. Alliance launched complimentary online consultations for health concern

Help24.org.ua. Alliance launched complimentary online consultations for health concern

Have you ever experienced a situation when you urgently need to get a consultation on health issues and there is no opportunity to visit a doctor/hospital? Fortunately, the world is changing and we can observe digitalization penetrating all the spheres of everyday life. At present lots of services are available on-line and consultations on health issues are not the exception.

Web resource Help24.org.ua was developed by Alliance for Public Health with the aim to be the source of useful information for patients from the key groups receiving HIV services. The main attraction of this web site is the rating of healthcare institutions as well as medical workers due to which patients have the possibility of taking a balanced decision towards the choice of healthcare institutions and doctors.

Starting from 1st December the resource is increasing its functionality. From now on it is possible to get complimentary expert consultations on health and psychological issues on-line. Every individual can register at the web site and book a consultation at any convenient time and date. There is the on-line chart on this web resource that functions in real time mode. Its aim is to provide technical support to service recipients whenever needed and at their immediate request. In case should there be any queries related to the use or web resource functionality do not hesitate to contact our administrators in the on-line chart.

See you at www.help24.org.ua

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December 01, 2020

Do you know what day it is today?

Today is not only the first day of winter :-), not only the World AIDS Day, it’s also the day when Alliance was born!

Today we are 20!

20 years of inspired work with our partners, communities, and experts to eliminate the epidemics of HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis in Ukraine and in our region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia to make sure that public health systems work more effectively and take into account the needs of different populations. Today we are also fighting the new challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are things we are proud of – active engagement with communities, innovative approaches implemented and the fact that we are widely known as a professional, qualified, vibrant and dynamic organization. We do not stop and are moving forward!

We would like to celebrate this day with doing good, remembering our key achievements and the people who have been with us throughout this time – helping, creating, changing! That is why we have prepared many useful and fascinating things to inspire you this December!
Follow our news, it will be exciting!
P.S: Have you already checked out our festive logo?)

#20_years_together

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November 30, 2020

#ItsinYourPowertoLive – the topic of the special broadcast To Tell the Truth on AIDS Day

On December 1, 2020 at 17:00 (Moscow time) the special episode of the program To Tell the Truth, an educational project of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) and UNESCO, with the support of the social network Odnoklassniki will be broadcast online on the platform http://od.ru/test .

The topic of the #ItsinYourPowertoLive broadcast is not chosen by chance, this year AIDS Day is very different compared to previous years, since today we are living in a double pandemic – the HIV and COVID-19 pandemic.

These pandemics have a lot in common: general confusion, fear, lack of specific treatment (for COVID-19 now, as at the beginning of the HIV epidemic in early 90-s). Someone does not believe in virus existence, someone sees in it a worldwide conspiracy. How to survive during a pandemic? How can lessons from one pandemic be useful to combat another?

The guests of the broadcast are people who faced HIV infection in the past, when medicine was powerless or not accessible, and society lived in fear and disbelief, and today, when the HIV virus has become one of the most studied on the planet, share their stories on what helped them survive, continue to live today and believe in tomorrow.

Vera Brezhneva, UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for EECA. Vera will share the main takeaways from her years working in HIV as an Goodwill Ambassador.

Host: Oksana Maklakova, journalist, editor-in-chief of the E1 portal

Special guests:

  • Natalya Ladnaya, Senior Researcher, Central Research Institute of Epidemiology, Rospotrebnadzor, Moscow,
  • Alexander Goliusov, UNAIDS Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia,
  • Vera Brezhneva, UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for EECA

Conversation with the heroes of the information campaign It’s in your power to live and HIV will not change it, who remember the times without treatment and with stigma, will talk about their experience of HIV dissidence, as well as the importance of reliable information in the media to fight myths. Broadcast guests:

  • Svetlana Tsukanova, Program Manager, Doctors of the World Association, Director of Svetozar NGO, Moscow,
  • Yulia Yakovleva, peer consultant, HIV activist from Chelyabinsk
  • Svetlana Sumina, peer consultant at the AIDS Center from the patient community “Ostrov”, Novosibirsk,
  • Alexander Chebin, project coordinator at the Regional Public Fund “New Life”: Yekaterinburg,
  • Margarita Loginova, journalist of Taiga.info, author of the podcast about people with HIV “One pluses”, Novosibirsk,
  • Sergey Ulyanov, HIV activist, coordinator at the HIV-service NGO Humanitarian Project, participant of the Patient Control movement, Novosibirsk.

The broadcast was prepared jointly with partners from the St. Petersburg charitable foundation “Humanitarian Action”.

Air on December 1, 2020 at 17:00 (Moscow time) on the website http://od.ru/test with broadcast also on Facebook.https: //www.facebook.com/UNAIDSEECA

 

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November 13, 2020

First regional COVID-19 program launched in EECA region

The Alliance for Public Health has launched the first regional COVID-19 program funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The budget is $500,000. The implementation of activities is designed for 8 months: from November 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

The COVID-19 program will be coordinated by the #SoS_project team in 14 countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the regional level with a national focus on countries not  receiving grants from the Global Fund – Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Russia.

“It was obvious to us that the countries of the EECA region urgently need additional support. Primarily to help them maintain the advancements of HIV/TB programs that are at risk because of COVID-19. The effective provision of HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and support services across the region must continue,” said Tatiana Vinichenko, Portfolio Manager at the Global Fund. – Therefore, the decision to initiate special funding in connection with COVID-19 for operational activities in the countries was extremely necessary. And the regional program will allow us to provide support for regional initiatives and national initiatives in several countries at once”.

Note that the volume of government funding for HIV services among key populations and people living with HIV was extremely insufficient in the EECA region at the beginning of 2020. With the COVID-19 outbreak, which rocked the entire world, all countries began to revise their budgets, prioritizing measures against COVID-19. This has jeopardized many years of work to build the sustainability of HIV services across the region.

“The support of the Global Fund has played a critical role in the immediate response to the COVID-19 problem,” says Sergey Filippovych, director of the #SoS_project at the Alliance for Public Health. “At the same time, there are countries in the EECA region that do not receive financial support from the Global Fund. They do not have national grants, and they are even more vulnerable, which negatively affects the response to epidemics. Therefore, our team decided to support these countries and ensure the allocation of funding for critical events through the Global Background regional grant mechanism. ”

Based on the analysis of the epidemiological situation, the latest technical guidelines and assessments available, as well as the existing funding structure, problem areas were identified in programs to ensure the sustainability of programs and HIV in EECA countries related to the COVID-19 problem. These are the areas that have been selected as the focus of the regional COVID-19 program:

  • The continuity of HIV services in the cities of the Russian Federation and Bosnia and Herzegovina; simplification and increasing availability of services
  • Respect for human rights, gender equality for representatives of key groups in response to COVID-19
  • Contingency planning for sustainable service delivery in EECA countries during and after COVID-19.

In the Russian Federation, the project is supposed to provide services related to HIV and prevention of COVID-19 to at least 2,500 PLHIV and key populations. Masks, gloves, hygiene kits will be purchased for them. It is also planned to install syringe machines and condoms in order to minimize personal contact and reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, work will focus on establishing and operating a telemedicine systemfor patients who live in remote areas and cannot reach clinics in nearby towns or villages.

At the same time, planning and national approval of COVID-19 related changes in HIV services will be undertaken in all project countries.

A separate focus of the COVID-19 program will be human, community and gender rights, in the context of adaptability and delivery of HIV services, and ensuring sustainable access to services. The geography of monitoring human rights violations using the REAct tool, as well as the work of the partner of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association, will be expanded and systematized in several more countries of the region. Thus, the closure of borders also led to the interruption of the supply of drugs for substitution therapy to Moldova. This risk exists in other countries as well. In addition, government agencies responsible for OST and harm reduction programs in several countries have not announced a tender for the purchase of drugs or announced the acceptance of bids from civil society organizations providing harm reduction services. This is already a critical situation in Montenegro and Bulgaria.

Note that #SoS_project quite naturally became the main platform for the implementation of measures on COVID-19 as part of the new support program for the region by the Global Fund. Existing partnerships with national partners, knowledge of the region and problems, understanding of financial gaps and opportunities, as well as work on budget advocacy at the national and municipal levels, the #SoS_project team will help strengthen the program and ensure its immediate launch and rapid implementation within 8 months. It is assumed that the services and terms of their provision will continue in the future.

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November 11, 2020

Project Assistant

The International Charitable Foundation “Alliance for Public Health” is a leading non-governmental professional organization which makes a significant impact on the epidemics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis and other socially dangerous diseases in Ukraine in cooperation with state partners and civil society organizations through providing financial and technical support to relevant programs, which cover over 300,000 members of most vulnerable populations, which is the highest indicator in Europe. Alliance team includes over 100 professionals who are based in Kyiv

Purpose to provide programmatic and administrative support as well as effective general assistance to international programs team.

Contract type: civil contract for one year with possibility of extension.

Core Requirements:

  • Minimum 1 year working experience on the relevant position (within an international organization will be an advantage).
  • High University Degree. Relevant University degree (Public Health, Social Science, Medicine etc.) is a plus.
  • As an advantage will be previous experience in preparation of business trips documents, initial financial requests, financial reports on conducted events; experience in execution of financial documents to conduct payment for consultants’ services;
  • Good command of written and spoken Ukrainian, Russian and English.
  • High level of computer literacy and excellent typing skills. Experience with 1C program is a plus.
  • Analytical skills and attention to details. Ability to perform assigned tasks independently. Ability to meet tough and multiple deadlines.
  • Strong commitment to confronting HIV/AIDS and to supporting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) activities in Ukraine.

For additional information on the organization as well as its programmatic activities and the positions announced, please visit our web site: http://www.aph.org.ua/
How to apply: Please send your CV and a covering letter in English and Ukrainian/Russian to vacancy@aph.org.ua. Subject line should contain “Project Assistant”.

Deadline for applications: 6 pm, November 24th, 2020.
Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

The International Charitable Foundation “Alliance for Public Health” is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from appropriately qualified people from all sections of the community. Qualified people living with HIV/AIDS are particularly encouraged to apply.

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES

Title: Project Assistant
Team: International Programs
Department: Program
Contract type: civil contract for one year with possibility of extension

PURPOSE: to provide programmatic and administrative support as well as effective general assistance to international programs team.
REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum 1 year working experience on the relevant position (within an international organization will be an advantage).
  • High University Degree. Relevant University degree (Public Health, Social Science, Medicine etc.) is a plus.
  • As an advantage will be previous experience in preparation of business trips documents, initial financial requests, financial reports on conducted events; experience in execution of financial documents to conduct payment for consultants’ services;
  • Good command of written and spoken Ukrainian, Russian and English.
  • High level of computer literacy and excellent typing skills. Experience with 1C program is a plus.
  • Analytical skills and attention to details. Ability to perform assigned tasks independently. Ability to meet tough and multiple deadlines.
  • Strong commitment to confronting HIV/AIDS and to supporting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) activities in Ukraine.

DUTIES:

1. Organize circulation of documents in project.
2. Prepare package of documents for organization of the project events (trainings, workshops, working meetings, expert groups, project proposals review committees, round tables etc.) and manage documents circulation on the events (preparing and submitting logistic requests, coordinating participants’ invitation and selection, preparing the participants list with relevant information, preparing documents package for logistic payments, gathering and generalizing participants’ feedback on events if required, completing final report on the event as well as documents package for the final payment, documenting the event (photo, protocol etc.), monitor an event if required by Project manager

3. Take part in trainings, workshops and working meetings preparation, assist during trainings delivery.
4. Monitor submission of project proposals to the Alliance. Keep record on the submitted proposals, relevant communications on Calls for Proposals as well as other assistance upon request.
5. Monitor timely submission of reports by the grantees and consultants and control their compliance with the Alliance reporting standards throughout reporting period.
6. Take part in providing hands-on technical assistance to the Alliance grantees including training, mentoring, problem solving, identification of further useful resources, and monitoring of the performance of the Alliance grantees.
7. Maintaining and monitoring filing system regarding the project.
8. Translate correspondence, documentation and other relevant materials needed for the project team.
9. Organize and provide coordination to visits of project team staff and external experts. Prepare documents’ package for the visits of the project team staff and external experts in accordance to the Alliance procedures.
10. Maintain and monitor sub-grantees and other relevant databases.
11. Collect and analyze information needed for the operation of the project team.
12. Prepare and process documents for the project team consultants, arrange and monitor relevant payments.
13. Undertake other reasonable and related tasks identified by the Project Manager required for the successful activity of the project as necessary for the fulfillment of strategic objectives. REPORTS TO: Director: International Programs

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November 04, 2020

Irina Kutsenko: I was a deputy who closed the sites of OST and LGBT organizations

Irina Kutsenko, a deputy of the Odessa City Council dealing with social issues in the city, received an international award #InYourPower. She became the first and so far the only government official nominated by civil society.

In an exclusive interview, she shared her story: about why she stayed on the sidelines for a long time and closed the OST sites and LGBT organizations; how she came to understand the importance of supporting the city’s HIV/TB program and the work of harm reduction programs, why it significantly helps to improve the health of citizens; about the experience of cooperation with non-governmental organizations, about building a dialogue with medical and security agencies; about conversations on inconvenient topics with deputies, as well as how to prioritize these issues on the municipal agenda and launch an information campaign that the city media will talk about.

So, now Irina Kutsenko is an active defender of community rights at the level of city authorities, a person with tremendous energy and extraordinary willpower. She continues to initiate changes in the city in relation to the most vulnerable groups of the population. She does everything to bring medical and social services in Odessa closer to the most advanced global approaches to harm reduction and combating HIV/TB . But it was not always like that.

“I was the deputy who closed the site of substitution therapy in my district, I collected signatures from people against gay culture and its spread in our city, that is, I was a deputy who conducted completely different activities,” says Irina. But after completing the course of the International Harm Reduction Academy, she began to actively dig into the problem: “I started reading in the Internet, listening to interviews of people, listening to life stories, and I understood that I was wrong!”.

Having changed her personal understanding of the problem and the ways to solve it, Irina gradually begins to cooperate with public organizations to make Odessa a safer city and people more socially protected.

“When representatives of a public organization came to me with a harm reduction project in the city, I already understood what they were talking about. At that moment, I realized that the NGO today knows more than any of the officials. At first I was just listening,” the deputy recalls.

The first task of Irina Kutsenko and members of the public was to find a common language, when everyone is doing their own thing. “We needed everyone – doctors, authorities, and public organizations – to unite into one common work,” she recalls. “Before, everyone was separate.”

The main step towards changing the situation in the city was the fact that disparate society representatives began to communicate. The dialogues took place with the participation of deputies, in the mayor’s office, with the necessary arguments and eloquent statistics, which were often hidden or uninformative for the authorities. As a result of this work, the mayor of the city supported the initiative, and today in Odessa steps are purposefully implemented within the framework of the already signed Paris Declaration. Odessa is also the first city in Ukraine to take on commitments under the Zero TB Cities initiative and is systematically moving towards overcoming the tuberculosis and HIV epidemics. In 2 years, this results from joint efforts and a radical increase in the effectiveness of tuberculosis treatment through the provision of treatment “at primary care” – from 52% to 71%.

However, as the mayor of Odessa Gennady Trukhanov said, it was not easy for the city itself. The deputies debated heatedly during two sessions. The city authorities, in addition to local everyday problems, also need to tackle global challenges, in particular – to help medical workers in the fight against epidemics. After all, everyone is interested in this. “Mayors are assessed by the state of the city: roads, roofs, warmth, comfortable public space. This is all true. And we can achieve cleanliness in the cities, but with the spread of all dangerous infections in the world, God forbid, the time may come when there will be no one to walk along these roads,” the Odessa mayor emphasized.

Also, within the framework of the program, outpatient treatment of tuberculosis was introduced instead of in-patient model, and medical practitioners began to actively test visitors for HIV at polyclinics, educational institutions, and purchased a large number of tests. Thus, the city was able to increase the HIV detection rate and provided an opportunity to make treatment available for people.

“Of course, there are still many problems, but, step by step, we are changing the situation in the city,” says Irina Kutsenko. “We understand that the projects are coming to an end, but those declarative things that were signed by the mayor, and we, as deputies, will have to implement both in this convocation and in the next one, because this is a matter of the life of our citizens”.

Interview timecode:

00:01 – a short content of the interview, consisting of vivid statements of the charismatic deputy

00:58 – how it all began

02:13 – dialogue with the people who need help

04:05 – meeting of the fraction:

“Well, guys, I’m going to tell you something completely different now … We must legalize sex work and open substitution therapy sites. They thought I was crazy. ”

05:23 – dialogue with public organizations, the mayor and the Paris Declaration: Odessa approach

08:45 – HIV and TB, stigma and treatment initiation under a motivation program for health workers

11:28 – projects “go away”, but the issue of people’s lives remains on the agenda

11:45 – harm reduction services in municipal pharmacies in Odessa

12:40 – how the city HIV / TB program was developed for 65 million hryvnia

15:02 – life hacks and shame: how NGOs helped convince MPs to support the city’s HIV/TB programs

17:15 – “It’s all right with the Duke “: mural, media resonance and HIV testing

18:56 – creation of the second center of integrated social services for harm reduction in Ukraine (the first is in Sumy)

19:17 – new format of cooperation with law enforcement agencies

19:43 – “we are on the sidelines until they explain to us”

22:45 – “speak a simple language”

23:00 – how to calculate the budget of the city program

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August 25, 2020

Conference for and about teens “Through virtual to real”

We are happy to invite you to the Conference for and about teens “Through virtual to real” that will take place on 15-17 of September 2020 online. The website of the Conference is http://conf2020.afew.org.ua/

to follow the Conference in FB please, visit  https://www.facebook.com/events/703708923796603/

🔴 What for?
We are holding this conference to ensure that teenagers have access to friendly, systematic and high quality services. We believe that the prevention of HIV/tuberculosis/hepatitis/sexually transmitted infections must be effective, correspond to international standards and be easy to get for every teenager.

🔴 For whom?
For adolescents and professionals working for and with adolescents

🔴 Who are the organizers?
ICF “AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW-Ukraine) and ICF “Alliance for Public Health”.

🔴 Why online?
In times of global epidemic, access to information and learning should be safe. In addition, holding the Conference online will give a unique opportunity to participate for everyone!

🔴 In what language?
The official language of the Conference is Ukrainian. But we will also provide a translation of some of the sessions into English and Russian.

🔴 How will it all happen?
On the Conference website, which we will show you very soon, you will be able to learn about the program, speakers and schedule of sessions, to choose the most interesting ones and, after the registration, join all of the events. We will additionally inform you about the beginning of registration.

🔴 Why to register?
• Some of the events will be broadcast on our social networks, but only registered participants of the Conference will have access to all sessions and materials of the Conference.
• Registered participants of the Conference will be able to receive a certificate of participation.
• If you register, you will be able to participate in all discussions during the online sessions and continently communicate with other participants.
• There will be a raffle of prizes with promotional materials of the Conference as an additional bonus for everyone registered.

🔴 What is the hashtag of the conference?
#віртуальнопрореальне

In order to apply please fill in the form at the http://conf2020.afew.org.ua/reyestracziya/

Session categories:

  • Building skills and competencies of adolescents
  • Mental health
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Adolescents in conflict with the law
  • Digital Security and Media Literacy
  • Human Rights and legislation
  • Adherence to treatment
  • Access to services
  • Prevention of negative consequences of risky behavior: proactive tools
  • Violence and bullying
  • Safe leisure activities
  • Other

The program of the Conference includes mixed demonstration of recorded and live sessions.

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August 17, 2020

The sixth regional digest overview has been released by #SoS_project team

Overview of the regional and national activities of the #SoS_project team in April-July 2020
Stay safe, stay strong and wear a mask / #WearAMask Challenge

IN THE NEW RELEASE 
The #SoS_project regional partners team continues to advocate for the sustainability of HIV services at the regional and national level in Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
We are introducing our sixth regional digest overview.

The main topic of the second quarter of 2020 was clearly COVID-19, human rights issues, the sustainability of public health programs in the countries of the region, and in the context of the response nongovernmental organizations appropriately accepted the challenges of the first wave of COVID-19.
A descriptive regional Community Initiatives Map was created with over 50 stories of NGOs confronting the challenges of the coronavirus crisis from March to the present day.
With the involvement of international experts, Practical Recommendations were developed for health systems in EECA countries on transforming a sustainable response to HIV/TB/HCV in the context of COVID-19.
A number of recommendations, reports, documents and publications were developed and published in the countries, which were relevant with a view to the challenges of the current time.
NGOs from EECA countries took up the challenge not only of HIV, but also of the first wave of COVID-19. But this is not enough.
“We cannot say that COVID-19 has become a quiet time for the workers of nongovernmental organizations that provide HIV services. On the contrary, the coronavirus has thrown the light on health issues in society, and the current period should definitely be a time to take actions. Enhanced actions in response to HIV. We must work faster, better, and, obviously, for less money, –  says Tetiana Deshko, Director of the International Programs Department of the ICF “Alliance for Public Health”. – I’m sure it is high time to mobilize in order to achieve the key global community goals on AIDS”.

Read full Digest #6 on your browser.

Thank you for your attention and enjoy the reading.

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