December 21, 2018

Call for Proposals

Alliance for Public Health is announcing an open Call for Proposals to support sustainability of HIV responses in the five countries of Southeastern Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia.

Please find Call for Proposals here

Please find recording of the webinar from 10th January here

Questions and Answers here

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December 11, 2018

The Alliance was a co-organizer of the Regional meeting on strategic priorities for advocacy.

On December 5-7, 2018, the Regional meeting on strategic priorities for operational and drug-related advocacy for quality people-centered TB care in the region of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia was held in Tbilisi.
The meeting was organized by TB Europe Coalition and Centrul PAS under the technical partnership of WHO Regional Office for Europe, Stop TB Partnership, Global TB Caucus and Global Fund Communities, Rights and Gender Strategic Initiative. The Alliance jointly with the MSF / Access Campaign was a co-organizer of this meeting.
The main goal of the meeting was to launch the development and consequent implementation of the combined EECA advocacy strategy on three diseases TB/HIV/HCV.
Zahedul Islam, Director: Treatment, Procurement and Supply Management, ICF “Alliance for Public Health”, during a session devoted to sense of urgency for action in light of GF transition, presented health systems strengthening approach combined EECA advocacy strategy on three diseases TB/HIV/HCV.
Also, during the discussion about challenges and opportunities in transition to people-centered TB care, the Alliance results of active finding of TB among key and vulnerable populations and the Alliance experience of Advocacy campaign for registration of HCV treatment in Ukraine were presented.

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November 30, 2018

PRESS RELEASE Dedicated to the World AIDS Day “Test under the Clouds” event: Get to know about your HIV status!

On November 30, 2018, the Alliance for Public Health (the Alliance), together with partner organizations in Kyiv, held an informational and educational campaign “Test under the Clouds” on the occasion of the 30-th anniversary of the World AIDS Day observed all over the world on December 1.

 

That is why for the first time in Ukraine, the Alliance carried out HIV testing at the altitude of 43 m – right at the top of the “Observation Wheel”. All interested persons had an opportunity not only to get tested for HIV and receive professional advice from the doctor directly in Observation Wheel cab, but at the same time enjoy the magnificent views of Kyiv from the bird’s eye.

Moreover, within the framework of the “Test under the Clouds” campaign, a short press briefing was held with the participation of representatives of charities and non-governmental organizations, leading infectious diseases doctors and HIV-positive people.

 

“This year, HIV testing was the priority of the World AIDS Day. Indeed, at the moment, 37 million people worldwide are living with HIV and about 9.4 million people are unaware of their status. Within the framework of the Alliance’s prevention programs, only 220,000 people were tested free of charge in Ukraine this year, 6,800 positive results (3%) were found. Today, we are not only testing at the bird’s eye altitude for the first time, but also are pioneering oral (saliva) HIV tests in Ukraine, having used more than 100 tests along with traditional rapid blood tests, which allowed to considerably simplify the procedure of testing and to reach more people”, – said Pavlo Skala, Associate Director for Policy and Partnership of the Alliance for Public Health”.

 

Over the course of the traditional informational and educational campaign on the occasion of the World AIDS Day, 300 people, mostly students, were tested on the Observation Wheel on the Kontraktova Square and in mobile clinics. All interested persons also had the opportunity to receive condoms, the key protection from HIV/AIDS, free of charge.

The event was organized by the Alliance for Public Health in partnership with the “Convictus Ukraine”, the Kyiv City Center for Social Services for Family, Children and Youth, the Drop-In Center, the CO “Club “Eney” and the CO “ALLIANCE.Global”.

 


As of the beginning of 2018, there are 141 371 HIV-positive people enrolled on dispensary records in Ukraine, although their estimated number exceeds 241,000 people. Almost half of the estimated number of people living with HIV does not know about their HIV-positive status. That is why testing is no less important in the fight against the spread of the HIV epidemic and the early achievement of 90-90-90 goals, as well as prevention and treatment. Thanks to the tested testing, the Alliance succeeded in reaching 2.4 times more people (235,266 people) in 2017 compared to 2014. 30% more positive results were found (3,577). Among new clients, the percentage of positive results is 5 times higher than among the “old” ones, which indicates the efficiency of preventive measures, as well as new challenges in the activities.

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November 30, 2018

Information statement On the World AIDS Day Know your HIV status!

On December 1, the World AIDS Day is observed for the 30-th time around the world.

This year, this day is held under the slogan #Know your status (#ДізнайсяСвійСтатус), because the timely testing of HIV becomes increasingly important throughout the world. 37 million people live with HIV, but at least 9 million of them are not even aware of their HIV-positive status.

This trend is also characteristic for Ukraine – according to official data, as of October 2018, there are 144.6 thousand HIV-positive people enrolled in the dispensary record, although their estimated number exceeds 240 thousand. Thus, almost half of those living with HIV in Ukraine are unaware of their status and, therefore, cannot receive efficient treatment in a timely manner, maintain their health and prevent the transmission of HIV to other people. That is why it is important to popularize regular and timely HIV testing as widely as possible, both among most-at-risk populations and the general population.

The Alliance for Public Health has been testing MARPs for over 10 years, and more than 250,000 people get tested each year due to our activities. This has been made possible by one of the largest HIV prevention programs in the world, enabling 300,000 people who are most vulnerable to infection to receive the necessary prevention services. The next year will become a turning point for this program, which is in line with best international practices and has already made it possible to reduce the number of new HIV cases – the program funding is transferred from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to government budget. This is also a pivot point for the Alliance, as we share our experience and best practices. We support state policy on the availability of HIV testing at health facilities at all levels.

The Alliance, based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization, has been introducing the practice of HIV self-testing for several years now. Nowadays a wide range of high quality and accurate rapid tests are available, using both capillary blood and saliva. This test is very easy to do at home and find out the result in 15 minutes, one can just buy it at the pharmacy. To help people choose from among the tests of different manufacturers, the Alliance has prepared detailed guidance on various types of tests available in Ukraine. They can be found at www.selftest.org.ua. Here you can also obtain information on where to get quick tests, what to do in case of a positive result, how to receive free and effective treatment, if necessary.

Ukraine’s successful experience in implementing comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment programs has become exemplary for the entire region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. This year, the Global Fund has supported a new project of consortia of organizations headed by the Alliance on working in 14 countries. This is the largest regional HIV project that will start on January 1 next year. The Alliance continues its active work on combating the epidemic!

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November 23, 2018

The 6th cycle of Harm Reduction Academy took place in Kyiv

From November, 12 to 16, the Alliance for Public Health had training for members of Harm Reduction Academy that arrived from different parts of the world. We exchanged about most effective solutions on HIV response among PWID, integration with other health agendas, financing interventions.

Our participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, India, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Tanzania, UK represent public health institutes, municipalities, international organizations with a richness of background and experience to help leverage global response to HIV among PWID.

This time we had several participants from Southeast Europe countries who are in the middle of transition of HIV programs from donor funding to national funding — the challenging path that Ukraine is making these days — and we learned from their experiences of successful and not so strategies.

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November 19, 2018

Alliance carried out the seminar on working with adolescents and youth

In order to strengthen the partnership network with state institutions, namely, the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine and oblast state administrations, the ICF “Alliance of Public Health” on November 14-16, 2018, held a seminar for partners – public and youth and other institutions and organizations – in the Dnipro Children’s Recreation Camp in Kozyn town of Kyiv oblast.

The holding of this event is extremely important in the context of the transition of the program transition from Global Fund support to public funding and in the context of the reforms that are currently taking place in Ukraine.

During the seminar, the specialists got acquainted with the state program “Youth of Ukraine 2016-2020”, the study on the youth situation, the program “Youth worker” and the activities of the Association of Youth Centers.

The workshop was organized by the Alliance to engage its partners as active participants in state programs aimed at improving the health of young people. This activity includes prevention actions and ensuring rights of representatives of key populations, prevention and treatment of HIV/TB and other socially dangerous diseases.

The workshop reviewed the conditions and criteria for funding under the Youth of Ukraine 2016-2020 Program, the competition announcement and financing deadlines, established for each region of Ukraine.

The Alliance expresses its appreciation to all the partners involved in this event and the co-organizers of the event: the Department of Youth Policy of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine and the team of the Kyiv Regional Youth Center.

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November 09, 2018

The contribution of the Alliance in the fight against TB was observed at a round table in the Ukrainian Parliament

On November 6, with the support of the ICF “Alliance of Public Health” a round table was held in the Ukrainian Parliament on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Parliament Platform to Fight Tuberculosis.

Representatives of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, the Public Health Center, the ministries of Justice and Social Policy and other national institutions, international organizations, civil society and patients’ organizations together with parliamentarians discussed the most important issues dedicated to TB control in Ukraine. As well, the following topics were highlighted during the meeting: the state policy in fight against TB, development and implementation of a multi-sectoral accountability mechanism after UN High-Level Meeting on TB and Strategic Plan on advocacy, communication and social mobilization.

MP Sergiy Kiral, the Head of the Parliament Platform to Fight Tuberculosis told that the success achieved by the parliamentary association during the first year of activity was the result of a joint work. The role and importance of civil society organizations and their capacity in overcoming the epidemic in Ukraine were noted during the meeting.

Significant work in the area of TB control is carried out by the ICF “Alliance of Public Health”, which is the focal point of the civil society organizations to work with the Global TB Caucus in Ukraine.

Zahedul Islam. Director: Treatment, Procurement & Supply management, on behalf of civil society expressed gratitude to the Head of the Parliamentary Platform for the openness to cooperation and prominent results achieved during the year.

 

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November 01, 2018

Opioid dependence treatment using modern evidence-based approaches and practices in Ukraine

Opioid substitution therapy is the efficient method of opioid dependence treatment and one of the most efficient HIV/AIDS prevention ways. Currently the state takes leadership in OST program development and fully ensures the procurement of medicines.

To improve the quality and efficient treatment of opioid dependence, the ICF “Alliance of Public Health” in cooperation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (СDС) and with the support of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and by the technical support of the UNODC office in Ukraine translated into Ukrainian and published the «National Guidelines for Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence», of the Department of Health of Australia 2014).

Currently the printed copies are being delivered to HCFs, and the electronic version of the Guidelines is available at the link.

Thus, HCFs will be able to use this document on the facility level after its approval by the internal order of the HCF (according to the provisions of the Decree of the MoH of Ukraine No. 1422 dated 29.12.2016).

We express our gratitude to all partners contributing to the improvement of OST quality and sustainability in Ukraine – Public Health Center of the MoH of Ukraine, UIPHP, the Network of PLWH, UNODC, PEPFAR, civil society organizations and associations.

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October 23, 2018

Need help in dismissing arrested human rights defender Andriy Yarovoi!

Andriy Mykhaylovych Yarovoi,  b. 06/11/1967, a citizen of Ukraine from the city of Kyiv, since 27 August 2018 he has been kept prisoner in the city of Luhansk. He is currently kept in an underground prison of so-called “Ministry of Security of the LNR” on suspicion of drug smuggling according to part 3 of article 282 of “criminal code of the LNR”. His alleged smuggling involved officially registered in Ukraine substitution maintenance therapy (SMT) drugs — buprenorphine hydrochloride, a 10-day stock of which he had legally received at Kyiv City Narcologic Hospital “Sociotherapy”. Andriy Yarovoi has been an SMT patient since 2009.

Andriy Yarovoi has worked as an advocacy coordinatory of All-Ukrainian Association of People Living with Drug Dependence (VOLNA, Kyiv), a consultant on monitoring of accessibility of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment at ICF “Alliance for Public Health”. He is a member of the Steering Board of Eurasian Network of People who Use Drugs (ENPUD, Vilnius) and holds membership in Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA, Vilnius).

Recently, Andriy has been given opportunity to talk to his lawyer and receive necessary items and food.

We will be grateful to all local, national and international organizations or persons for their support and actual efforts and actions aimed at his release and soonest return to Kyiv.

Your support and help could include the following:

  • writing letters/petitions (“to whom it may concern”)
  • informal personal negotiations with any persons that may facilitate release of A. M. Yarovoi or alleviation of his confinement conditions
  • spreading this information among people and organization that may facilitate his release

Contact phones: +380503825178 or +380503894674

Thank you very much for your help and support!

 

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October 18, 2018

The Alliance participates in the XI National LGBTI Conference of Ukraine

On October 18-20, the 18th National LGBTI Conference of Ukraine, a national scale event, takes place in Kyiv. The event brought together more than fifty hundred male and female activists of the civil society movements pursuing human rights and freedoms for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people; experts on epidemic well-being; specialists involved in ensuring access to medical and social services for gay, bisexuals and trans* people; representatives of many partner organizations and international assistance projects to Ukraine. The event takes place at the initiative and with the support of the ICF “Alliance of Public Health” and a number of other partners.
“The purpose of this all-Ukrainian gathering is to determine the priorities of the LGBTI movement in the human rights and health sector, as well as to include the LGBTI issue on the political agenda”, said Andriy Chernyshev, the coordinator of the preparation of the national conference, a representative of Kyiv civil society organization “ALLIANCE.GLOBAL”.
“The Country of Free People: Equal Opportunities for All” is the motto of this year’s national LGBT-conference. The versatile program of the 18th Conference included in-depth discussions on the development of the LGBT-movement, the report on the latest national and regional achievements related to health and community access to health and social services, presentations with the results of the innovative revolutionary research. This year’s innovation is that a number of sections of the National Conference are open to all interested parties, however, upon preliminary registration.
A significant number of studies and reports at the Conference will address the health of LGBTI community, in particular, post-exposure prevention, or PrEP, the cutting-edge HIV prevention method for the most sexually active people, which has already gained wild popularity in Western Europe and is beginning to conquer Ukraine. The participants will learn about the main trends in the spread of HIV and choose strategies to foster a friendly attitude of doctors to LGBTIQ patients.
“The Alliance of Public Health was one of the two co-organizers of the First National LGBTI Conference of Ukraine. Since then, more than 10 years have passed, but we continue to support and develop the LGBTI movement in Ukraine. The Alliance was the first in Ukraine to introduce pre-exposure prevention (PrEP) in Kyiv from November 2017 and is continuing this activity. The CDC funded 100 annual courses for men who have sex with men and for transgender people. Moreover, within this project, 1,500 annual courses were procured for the further scale-up of PrEP in other Ukrainian cities”, said Pavlo Skala, Associate Director: Policy and Partnership of ICF “Alliance of Public Health”.


The Conference will also focus on systematic analysis of the human rights situation for LGBTI in Ukraine and information on Ukraine’s successful implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations Global Commission on HIV and the Law on the protection of human rights and freedoms for LGBT people.
A lot of attention at this year’s Conference will be devoted to building trust and cooperation with political parties, because sooner or later open representatives of the LGBTI community will have to sit in the Parliament and the Government. Methods of addressing homophobia and transphobia will be discussed in detail. The topic of the rising Pride Movements will become a special highlight of the Conference, since this year, the Marches of Equality took place not only traditionally in Kyiv and Odesa, but also in the city of Kherson, the pearl of the South of Ukraine, and Kryvyi Rih, one of the major mining industry hubs.
The family topic will be profoundly explored debated in a brainstorming on the prospects of marital partnerships for LGBTI in Ukraine and in the therapeutic “momma-therapy” session, where parents of LGBTI children will share their stories. The voice of youth and adolescents will have a special prominence, whose representatives will talk about their motivation in activism, and “adult” LGBTI-organizations will include in their agenda a sensitive topic of work in the interests of LGBTI youth and teens.
Transgender people will speak in a narrow circle of stakeholders about the barriers to access to health services and the problems of the visibility of trans-communities in Ukraine. A plan to host the European Lesbian Conference in the Ukrainian capital will be presented to homo- and bisexual women.
A constellation of foreign guests was invited to participate in the landmark 18th Ukrainian LGBTI Conference. Among them are the LGBTI-organization “Da se zna!”, which resists hate crimes in Serbia; one of the leading LGBT organizations in Central Asia, Kyrgyz Indigo; a representative of the international organization Women`s March Global, a well-known Canadian transgender activist Mrs. Michelle Emson, as well as activists and activists, specialists and specialists from Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Armenia.
The initiators and partners of the 18th National LGBTI Conference are the following organizations and projects: CO “100% Life”, National MSM Consortium founded this year by the NGO “Alliance.Global”, the League of LGBT “LIGA” Association and the “Gay Forum of Ukraine”, the Eurasian Coalition for Male Health (ECOM), KyivPride civil society organizations, Fulcrum-UA and Gay Alliance Ukraine, HPLGBT Transgender Self-Organization, National Democratic Institute for International Relations, USAID “HIV Reform in Action” international technical support project, Freedom House, Inc. in Ukraine, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the International Charitable Organization “East Europe and Central Asia Union of People Living with HIV”. Importantly, for the first time in the history of national conferences, this year’s event is supported by the state represented by the Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.
“An extremely wide range of organizations and projects that support the National LGBT Conference politically or in terms of resources, including government bodies, demonstrates the commitment of our country to the transformative pursuit of human rights for all citizens, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, that Ukraine is strongly determined to take comprehensive efforts to support epidemic well-being among bisexuals, transgender people and gay people, which, by the way, are hundreds of thousands of citizens of Ukraine”, Svyatoslav Sheremet (photo),National Coordinator of the MSM Consortium on Policy and Legislation.
National LGBTI Conferences are held in Ukraine regularly since 2008, complementing the Ukrainian pride events as the key catalyst for the national LGBT-movement, which was recognized by the President among one of the top ten political and social movements of our country in his annual appeal to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

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