July 11, 2022

Sex, love and COVID-19 before the war: presentation of a policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 on PrEP users in Ukraine

Dear colleagues and partners,
We are pleased to invite you to the webinar “Sex, love and COVID-19 before the war: presentation of a policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 on PrEP users in Ukraine”, which will be held on July 19, 2022 at 16:00 Kyiv time (EEST).
To register for the event, please fill out the form using this link: https://bit.ly/3yz8LXY

The webinar program:

ℹ️ 16.00 – 16.20 ℹ️ Welcome and opening words:
                              – Vitaly Djuma, ECOM,
                              – Larysa Getman, The Public Health Centre,
                              – Olga Denisyuk, Alliance for Public Health,
                              – Ioannis Mameletzis, WHO Ukraine.
                              ℹ️ Moderator: Nikolay Lunchenkov ECOM
ℹ️16.20 – 16.30 ℹ️ Presentation of the study’s results: “COVID-19, sexual behaviour and intimate partner violence among PrEP users in Ukraine”
                              – Nikolay Lunchenkov MD – LGBT Health coordinator, The Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity
ℹ️16.30 – 16.40 ℹ️ The impact of COVID-19 on intimate partner violence
                              – ПProf. Dr. Janina Isabel Steinert – Assistant Professor at the TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology, Technical University of Munich
ℹ️ 16.40 – 16.55 ℹ️ The impact of the war on access to PrEP among key populations in Ukraine
                 – Larysa Getman – Head of the HIV Management and Response Department of the Public Health Centre, Ministry of Health of Ukraine
ℹ️16.55 – 17.10 ℹ️ Access to PrEP among MSM in Ukraine during the War: New Challenges for NGOs
                              – Andrii Chernyshev, Alliance Global
ℹ️ 17.05 – 17.25 ℹ️ Q&A Session  💬💬💬💬💬💬💬💬💬
ℹ️ 17.25 – 17.30 ℹ️ Closing remarks
                              – Nikolay Lunchenkov, ECOM
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the health and well-being of LGBT people around the world, including in Ukraine. To assess the health effects of the pandemic, a study on how COVID-19 impacted PrEP users in Ukraine was conducted by Alliance for Public Health together with ECOM — the Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity (ECOM) in partnership with national organizations in Ukraine and the TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology, Technical University of Munich. Data collection was completed three days before the full-scale war and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
We understand that war is even a bigger crisis than the COVID-19 pandemic, so we need to respond to this crisis now. That is why during the webinar we will not only present the results of this study, but will also discuss the impact of the war on the health of PrEP users in Ukraine. We will also talk about the steps that we can take together to reduce the impact of the war on people’s health in Ukraine.
The webinar is organized by ECOM — the Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity (ECOM) and Alliance for Public Health.
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July 08, 2022

#SoS_project 2.0 webinar: results of work, achievements, best practices

We are pleased to invite you to the webinar ” The second regional program on COVID-19 of the SoS 2.0 project under the COVID-19 response mechanism (C19RM): results of work, achievements, best practices”

Date: July 12, 2022

Time: 11 am – 1 pm Kyiv time (GMT+3)

 Join: https://bit.ly/3av14dz 

The purpose of the online webinar is to present the results of the work of the second regional program on COVID-19 of the SoS 2.0 project within the framework of the COVID-19 response mechanism (C19RM), which was implemented by project partners in the countries of the EECA region.

Languages: Russian and English (with simultaneous translation)

Presenters

11:00 – 11:10 Welcome and introductions

– Moderator, Nadia Yanhol, Alliance for Public Health, #SoS 2.0

11:10 – 12:55 Presentations and discussions: results of work, achievements, best practices

  • Maka Goria,  Georgia
  • Nurali Amanzholov, Pavel Savin, Central Asian Association of People Living with HIV (CAA PLHIV)
  • Damir Lalicic, Partnership in Health, Bosnia & Hercegovina
  • Olga Belyaeva, Eurasian Network of People Who Use Drugs (ENPUD)
  • Maria Plotko, EHRA
  • Daniel Kashnitsky, Regional Expert Group on Migration and Health
  • Ruslan Poverga, Pozitiva Initiativa, Moldova
  • Elena German, ECOM
  • Vitaliy Apanasenko,Ukraine
  • Sanja Šišovic,  CAZAS, Montenegro
  • Viktoria Kalynuik, Alliance for Public Health, #SoS 2.0
  • Maria Malakhova, Alliance for Public Health, #SoS 2.0

12:55 – 13:00 Closing remarks

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June 20, 2022

June 20, 2022 situation report: Humanitarian Convoys of the APH: 111 DAYS ON THE ROAD, 111 DAYS OF AID.

From the first days of the war, the Alliance for Public Health has repurposed its mobile ambulatories to meet humanitarian

needs. Now, these vehicles work around the clock evacuating women and children, delivering food, medicines, power generators, medical devices, equipment and other essential goods!

111 DAYS OF HUMANITARIAN CONVOYS ARE:

  • More than 500 t of cargo delivered.
  • More than 520 thousand kilometres.
  • The longest ‘special’ voyage — 2740 km (delivering OST drugs in March 2022)
  • 850 days on the road (total days the drivers spent on the road).
  • Our daily record is 14 crews en route at the same time!
  • Over 80 healthcare facilities have received essential medications and medical goods.
  • Transporting OST drugs to 19 healthcare facilities in six oblasts: in particular, 1.2 million pills procured by the MoH of Ukraine and the APH.
  • 40 drivers and navigators. The youngest driver is 20, the oldest one is 57.
  • The cargoes include medicines, medical equipment (including sophisticated), food, infant formula, hygienic goods, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, drones, Starlink units, armour vests, among many other things.

June 20, 2022 situation report: Humanitarian Convoys of the APH: 111 DAYS ON THE ROAD, 111 DAYS OF AID.

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June 20, 2022

Response of Alliance for Public Health to challenges caused by the Russian aggression

In the situation of an unprecedented Russian aggression, the Alliance for Public Health is, as always, at the frontlines, fighting for Ukraine and its people. We remain with the people of Ukraine in the struggle for the sovereignty of Ukraine.


June 20, 2022 situation report: Humanitarian Convoys of the APH: 111 DAYS ON THE ROAD, 111 DAYS OF AID.
June 10, 2022 situation report: VIRAL HEPATITIS C.
June 2, 2022 situation report: 100 days of war. Alliance for Public Health: Response to War Challenges
May 20, 2022 situation report: POST-OCCUPATION: regions liberated from Russian occupation.
May 6, 2022 situation report: Prevention
April 28, 2022 situation report. Internally displaced people and refugees.
April 8, 2022 situation report. Humanitarian aid.
April 4, 2022 situation report. Special issue: Situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Kherson and Kherson region
March 31, 2022 situation report. Special issue: Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT)
March 26, 2022 situation report
Special Issue: Situation in Mariupol. Situational Report: response of Alliance to challenges caused by the Russian aggression against Ukraine
March 21, 2022 situation report
March 14, 2022 situation report
March 8, 2022 situation report

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June 17, 2022

HelpNow HUB: a powerful tool to help Ukrainians in the country and abroad

The most demanded in Ukraine and abroad innovative hub #HelpNow https://helpnow.aph.org.ua was discussed on May 31, 2022, during the discussion and presentation “#HelpNow – help that can not wait.”

Almost 400 participants from 10 EECA countries attended the event. They all are concerned about the situation that arose due to the full-scale war in Ukraine. They discussed innovative approaches and responses to new challenges in Ukraine and abroad, i.e., access to treatment, telemedicine, shelters, a hotline for providing information on medicines in any country in the world, as well as humanitarian and social support for key groups affected by the war.

Andreas Tamberg, portfolio manager at the Global Fund, highlighted his commitment to the #HelpNow HUB team, #SoS_project 2.0, and the Alliance for Public Health.

“We are confident that you will achieve significant success not only through our programs but also by helping those you encounter day-to-day.”

“The #SoS 2.0 project is a unique tool of the Global Fund, as it covers a wide range of countries and regions,”  Mr. Tamberg said. “It is driven by civil society forces that can apply the maximum flexibility and ability to find those who need services. We greatly appreciate your ability to improve health and save lives where they need to be. As part of the ongoing fighting and mass migration of Ukrainian patients because of the war, it is very encouraging that the Alliance remains in its place, and you are working with refugees, with victims not only in Ukraine but also in various countries of the region.”

Subtitle More than 20 NGOs were involved in creating the HelpNow database system

Serhii Filipovych, director of #SoS 2.0 in the Public Health Alliance, introduced the work of the new HelpNow service and pointed out that in the crisis of russian military aggression in Ukraine, the role of broad interaction and support of friendly countries is significant.

“Since the beginning of the war, the #SoS 2.0 project has immediately become involved in the situation. The geography of our activities has expanded from the 15 countries involved in the project to more than 35 countries worldwide. Foremost, the neighboring countries, starting from the first week of the war, provided great humanitarian assistance to Ukrainians, mainly women with children, from the stage of crossing the border outside Ukraine and continued to create conditions for social and medical assistance and support. I’d also like to note the unique nature of the interaction between organizations, health care institutions, and partner non-governmental organizations. More than 20 NGOs and state institutions were involved in creating an information database and a system of assistance to Ukrainians in different countries,” Sergii Filippovych said in his speech.

With the support of the Global Fund, funds were allocated to create a special program to support Ukrainian patients in distress due to the war. In response to the war challenge, practically on a volunteer basis, the Alliance developed and launched an emergency coordination and information service on treatment in Ukraine and abroad – HelpNow within the framework of the regional project #SoS 2.0. This service provides information that helps Ukrainians access ART, PTAO, TB drugs, viral hepatitis drugs, and psychological assistance in Ukraine and abroad.

Another important achievement of the Alliance was the creation, back in peacetime, of the “Guide for contingency planning in the field of HIV”, which was shared in the public domain for wide use. “Ukraine was not preparing for the war, but we understood that the system of providing assistance to key populations can be very vulnerable in emergencies. Thus, we can already say that we were technically ready and immediately connected to solving problems”, – the project director #SoS 2.0 emphasized.

During the event, participants shared their experiences and developments and discussed critical areas of work and further steps that will help to respond quickly to the challenges during the war, i.e.:

  • access for internally displaced Ukrainians and refugees to online telemedicine counseling in Ukraine and other countries;
  • the issue of shelters in Ukraine and host countries for Ukrainians forcibly displaced as a result of the war;
  • challenges and gaps in access to health and other essential services for key populations affected by HIV.

Roman Halevych, UNAIDS Director in Ukraine, highlighted another important step in his speech. There is a need to review and expand HIV services so that people from key communities who had to leave their homes and cities due to russian aggression can receive HIV services in their host places.

In her turn, Vlasta Brodska, Head of the Emergency Response/#SoS 2.0 program, underlined that supporting NGOs in countries with a large concentration of people from Ukraine is essential. These countries are well known, thanks to the data of a coordination service operating in the hub.

Also, as part of the discussion, approaches to providing services in countries hosting Ukrainian refugees were discussed and presented in the example of Moldova, Poland, and Germany. During a separate session, there were presented new forms of communication and exchange of medical information between doctors respecting the patient’s rights. We talked about online counseling of patients on the principle of telemedicine, supporting and strengthening the capacity of clinicians who are involved in the system of medical care for HIV patients in Ukraine in the context of war within the clinical component of HelpNow. There was also raised the issue concerning the operation of shelters created in Ukraine and host countries for forcibly displaced Ukrainians due to the war.

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June 03, 2022

100 days of russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine: response to war challengers

❗️100 days of russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine
❗️100 days of challenges and courage
❗️100 days of incredible resilience of Ukrainians, civilians and military, the Alliance for Public Health team, partners and volunteers to ensure peace and access to treatment for all who need it.
We share our report “100 days of war” #AlwaysOntheFrontline
This report ‘100 days of war’ presents how we are together addressing emerging needs, in fact serving more clients with wider services, as really needed.
While big numbers are circulated widely:
❗️ 8 million internally displaced people (IDP)
· 7 million war refugees
· 25000 Ukrainians killed by russian army just in one city – Mariupol
· 20% of Ukraine has been occupied by russia
We have losses. But we are struggling.
Alliance for Public Health expresses admiration and appreciation of the incredible work of all our partners, 100% Life, Public Health Center, MoH (Ukraine), all implementing partners, community and civil society networks, NGO staff and social workers, doctors and nurses! You are amazing! All the great things we have achieved, we have achieved together! Big appreciation to governmental institutions, UN agencies and other international organizations.
We express sincere gratitude for critical support from our donors, your funding is critical for sustaining HIV and TB response in Ukraine as well as to addressing emerging needs caused by war! BIG THANKS to The Global Fund, US Government and The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), CDC, USAID – US Agency for International Development, #US_NIDA, Yale University, Frontline AIDS, Christian Aid, IAS – International AIDS Society, Stop TB Partnership #UNOPS, World Health Organization (WHO), UNAIDS, #FIND, European AIDS Treatment Group, Aidsfonds, International Renaissance Foundation, The Foundation to Promote Open Society, to all other donors and individuals provided private donations! Your support saves lives!
GREAT THANKS to #Ukrainian #Army defending not only Ukraine but also all fundamental principles of peace, freedom, sovereignty and dignity!
Together we will win!
Read the report: https://bit.ly/3aFRQuP
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June 01, 2022

EATG and APH launch strategic partnership to create online training platform STEP-UP MOOC

Brussels-Kyiv, June 1st 2022

The European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) and Alliance for Public Health (APH) launch strategic cooperation focusing on Europe and Central Asia The aim is to set up an online training and capacity building platform for the upcoming cycle of EATG’s acclaimed STEP-UP project.

The STEP-UP Training Academy has been a flagship project of EATG since 2013. After five face-to-face cycles and one online, the new implementation of STEP-UP will be an online training platform created in collaboration with APH. Both the new format and the involvement of a partner organisation from the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) region aim to assure a wider reach of trainees from diverse settings.

“The focus of STEP-UP has always been to bring activists from across Europe and Central Asia together in view of building their capacities in a manner tailored to local and regional needs. We have witnessed that STEP-UP helps to empower a movement of new HIV activists. Since its inception, more than 120 graduates have benefitted from STEP-UP and some of them were awarded grants to implement small projects; we are proud of their success stories and their evolution” says Pieter Vanholder, Executive Director of EATG. “We are glad we teamed up with APH to build and implement a new cycle of STEP-UP in the format of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), adapted to the new reality and flexible to adapt further to emerging needs.”

“We are extremely happy to announce our collaboration with EATG on STEP-UP” says Tetiana Deshko, Director of International Programs in Alliance for Public Health. “The gap in access to antiretroviral treatment is the major shortcoming of HIV response in EECA, with only 53% of those in need of treatment receiving it. As the war on Ukraine and migration have shown, patients’ and their communities’ initiative in proactively seeking treatment is the key to success in treatment initiation and adherence, wherever the patient is either stable or on the move.  This collaboration with EATG makes our treatment approaches more integrated and person-centered. STEP-UP is an excellent project that not only provides comprehensive knowledge, it also supports community mobilisation and advocacy to deliver change.​”

STEP-UP MOOC is a bilingual (English/Russian) training programme that combines 1) a self-paced e-learning approach using a cascade of trainings for networking, empowerment and advocacy with 2) a face-to-faceCommunity of Practice Workshop and 3) a system of sub-grants. It is targeted to people living with HIV/AIDS, health care providers, civil society representatives and other professionals who work in service delivery and/or advocacy to ensure universal access to combination prevention, HIV treatment and care. The MOOC will be designed by activists for activists, will be free of charge and accessible to everyone.

“Participation in the STEP-UP MOOC will not be based on any selection process, but on willingness to participate. As the contents and languages of the training will be specifically tailored to the needs of HIV activists in WHO Europe, we expect most participants to come from the HIV sector, thus having prior knowledge of HIV and related infections” comment the organisers.

STEP-UP MOOC is planned to be available online in January 2023.

 

Learn more about STEP-UP: https://www.eatg.org/projects/step-up/

Contacts:

Apostolos Kalogiannis, Communications Coordinator, EATG, apostolos.kalogiannis@eatg.org

Inna Gavrylova, PR & Communications Manager, Alliance for Public Health, gavrylova@aph.org.ua

This initiative has been independently developed by EATG, and was made possible through sponsorship from Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd. EATG acknowledges that Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd has not had any control or input into the structure or content of the initiative. The STEP-UP MOOC is implemented in collaboration with Alliance for Public Health.

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May 26, 2022

Online-launch of the drug decriminalization [e]Course for activists in the EECA region (June, 2)

 On June 2, 2022 at 11:00 am (UTC+3), #SoS_project 2.0 regional team the Alliance for Public Health and the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) will present a new version of a unique online training course on drug decriminalization for activists in the EECA region.

Zoom registration: https://bit.ly/3sTpjYW

#SoS_project 2.0 regional team has initiated the translation and adaptation of the unique [e]Course into russian to enhance advocacy and support cutting edge knowledge on humane and effective drug policy partners in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Note that [e]Course was developed and launched in English and French in 2021 by IDPC in partnership with Mainline, Health[e]Foundation and Frontline AIDS.

IDPC’s Drug decriminalisation [e]Course is a free-to-access online learning course that is open to anyone interested in this important topic. With the launch of the Russian version of the course, activists from the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia will have access to cutting-edge knowledge in the field of modern approaches.

Presentation speakers:

  • Alexandrina Iovita, The Global Fund,
  • Tetiana Deshko, Alliance for Public Health,
  • Marie Nougier, IDPC (United Kingdom)
  • Ganna Dovbach, EHRA
  • Irena Molnar, ReGeneration, Serbia

The [e]Course includes seven modules:

  1. Introduction, definitions and support for decriminalisation
  2. Existing models of decriminalisation
  3. Making the case for decriminalisation
  4. Designing a decriminalisation model
  5. Thresholds and defining drug possession for personal use
  6. Designing decriminalisation: sanctions and intrusiveness
  7. The ‘gold standard’ for decriminalisation

The presentation will also be streamed live on the Alliance for Public Health, IDPC and #SoS_project 2.0 Facebook pages.

Contact: gavrylova@aph.org.ua, Inna Gavrylova, PR & Communications Manager, Alliance for Public Health

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May 20, 2022

HelpNow – Support that Can’t Wait

On May 31, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Kyiv time (GTM+3) there will be a webinar “HelpNow – Support that Can’t Wait! Emergency response to new challenges in Ukraine and other countries: access to treatment, telemedicine, shelters, humanitarian and social support for key populations affected by the war.”

Pre-registration: https://bit.ly/39OOwNz

Language of the event: Ukrainian, English.

Objectives

  • Present the online HIV Support Navigation Hub – HelpNow HUB, as well as the activities and services for Key Populations in regards to access to treatment, medical, psycho-social and direct humanitarian support;  
  • Compare and discuss the approaches and support activities in host countries where Ukrainian refugees flee – Moldova, Poland,  Germany;  
  • Telemedicine in Ukraine and in EU countries for Ukrainian Refugees: Medical support and consultations to key populations. 
  • Compare and discuss the shelters for refugees and internally displaced people in Ukraine and EU: Comprehensive support to those who were forced to relocate  
  • Discuss the challenges and gaps for key populations affected by HIV while accessing healthcare services in Ukraine and EU countries, next steps.

 

Background Information: 

On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a devastating attack on Ukraine. In the first weeks, more than five million refugees from Ukraine crossed borders into neighboring countries, and many more have been forced to move inside the country. Refugees and internally displaced people, including those  from HIV key affected populations are especially vulnerable due to the threat of losing access to services and treatment.

According to the United Nations (UN), as of May 16, more than 14 million people are believed to have fled their homes in Ukraine since the war began, including internally displaced people and refugees. More than six million have left for neighboring countries, and eight million people are thought to be displaced inside the war-torn country itself.   

Non-government organizations from Ukraine, as well as regional and international organizations, national community based organizations from host countries, together with Ukrainian public institutions, have organized emergency services to help Ukrainians access treatments in Ukraine and around the world.    

During these 3 months of war a lot has been done to support Ukrainian refugees from among key populations. Different countries and communities have been practicing different approaches with the same goal: provide crucial support and help to those in need, to Ukrainian refugees from among key populations and people living with HIV who were forced to leave their homes. 

Within the frames of this event, we would like to discuss and sum up on what has been done already in regards to supporting Ukrainian refugees from among key populations, to compare the approaches of the countries, best practices and/or success stories, as well as the current gaps and the ways to overcome the barriers. 

On the EECA regional level, APH SoS_Project 2.0, together with partners, has been providing case management support for HIV, TB and OAT patients who are relocating to other regions within Ukraine and to other countries. The unique assistance service named “HelpNow” was created within the first week of the war and began its work on March 01, 2022. This service provides information that helps Ukrainians to get access to ART, OAT, anti-tuberculosis drugs, drugs for viral hepatitis and mental assistance within Ukraine, as well as abroad. The HelpNow Team and partners practice the most patient-oriented approach in order to comprehensively meet the needs of clients. As of now more than 1000 requests from refugees or relocated people have already been coordinated by #HelpNow and this number grows every day.  

In April 2022, Alliance for Public Health together with Alliance Consultancy have launched the project “Response to the emergency situation in connection with the war in order to support internally displaced persons within Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees abroad – representatives of key populations (PLHIV, IDUs, SW, MSM, etc.)” to support the continued provision of services to Ukrainian refugees from key populations moving to other countries. The project plans to respond quickly to emergencies to provide as much technical support as possible in the countries where Ukrainian refugees have moved over the last 3 months to meet the most critical needs of refugees belonging to key populations in terms of HIV / AIDS.  Within the framework of the project the temporary “Ukrainian HIV Support Navigation Hub” – “HelpNow HUB”  was established*.

* https://data2.unhcr.org/en/documents/details/92808

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May 18, 2022

Ukrainians held an action In the center of Berlin, in memory of people who died of AIDS

An official event dedicated to the AIDs Candlelight Memorial was held on May 15 near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.

Representatives of international and non-governmental organizations, both Ukrainian and German, representatives of key communities took part in the action.

“For the first time, we honor the memory of people who died of AIDS during the war, which adds even more symbolism and value to every human life. Today, access to ARVs and not only must be uninterrupted for all patients, this is what our efforts are aimed at, – said Sergii Filippovych, Director of SoS_project, ICF “Alliance fo Public Health”. – There is a large community of Ukrainians and people living with HIV in Germany, and there are even more of them with military refugees. Germany is one of the three European countries where Ukrainian patients migrate most often to seek shelter from February 24, according to our coordinating service #HelpNow. That’s why we supported the #HelpNowHUB program in Emergence, which is already working hard. In Ukraine, the situation remains difficult. Many medical facilities have been destroyed, and access to medical services has been hampered in a number of south-eastern regions of Ukraine due to Russian aggression and the occupation of cities. Many doctors, social workers and other civilians have been killed, and I want to underline the heroism and resilience of Ukrainians today. It’s unbelievable: doctors continue to save lives under bombings, social workers continue to work, deliver medicine on foot or by bicycle to patients, and the incredible work of the volunteer community can be talked about for hours. I would like to thank the Alliance Consulting, our partners in Germany and international partners for supporting Ukrainian patients, supporting Ukraine and the future. We will definitely restore and even improve our country and the medical structure and health care system in particular.”

As part of the event, a memorial exhibition was organized – The Quilt memorial, which commemorated people who died of AIDS. Everyone wrote the names of their relatives and friends who were taken away by AIDS. The event was initiated and coordinated by the Association of Refugees Living with HIV from Ukraine in Germany (the Association).

“We need not only to remember those who died, but also to take care of those who are alive and need our support today,” said Volodymyr Zhovtyak, one of the leaders of the Association and co-chair of ECUO. – That is why We, Ukrainians in Germany, unite as the community and continue to help each other. Ukrainian refugees went through the war, lost their loved ones and need medical, psychological, social, humanitarian assistance, so today we are here for that. Thank you to Germany for your support and to your partners for their cooperation.”

Jens Ahrens of the Berliner AIDS-Hilfe said it was important to think about people dying of AIDS every day. Today, not all people have access to ARV therapy. And it’s worth talking out loud about. According to him, the international community is well aware of the need to combat stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and representatives of key communities. He said more efforts were needed, especially today, to improve access to HIV treatment and end AIDS deaths.

The participants continued action and marched from the Brandenburg Gate to the Russian Embassy in Berlin, where an appeal was made to the Russian Consulate. “We want to honour the memory of the lost ones and draw attention to the victims of Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine. Because of the war, Ukrainians with HIV were forced to leave their homeland, and faced the problem of meeting their basic needs. Stop yourself, stop your political leaders, because your children will be responsible for this genocide of the Ukrainian people, which is happening in the heart of Europe in the XXI century, “- said the organizers.

“Today is a day of pain for us. We remember those comrades who were with us, who taught us to take therapy, took us to doctors, whom we helped to re-build their lives, cope not only with their illnesses, but also with pressure and repression from the state. This year’s Remembrance Day is unlike any other. Russia’s war against Ukraine has completely turned off the normal life of Ukrainians. We feel this pain. There are 4 people in our organization and we have supported more than 80 people on social support in the last 2 months. These are women, children, elderly people who fled from Russian missiles. People in the 21st century continue to save their lives and we will be happy to help everyone here in Berlin. BerLUN is against the war, We express our support for Ukraine, “said Roman Ledkov, a spokesman for Berlun e-V.

It is an interesting fact that on May 15, 2003 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in an official appeal to the Ukrainian people recognized the Holodomor as an act of genocide. Therefore, on this day, the organizers of the action also remembered the people who died in the 1930s from the artificial famine created by the Soviet authorities in Ukraine, which killed millions of Ukrainians. The problem of famine and the humanitarian crisis in general in the current situation, in connection with the war waged by Russia, has again become relevant not only for Ukraine but also for the whole civilized world.

The event was organized by the HIV+ Refugee Association of Ukraine in Germany, together with BerLUN e-V., With the support of Berliner AIDS-Hilfe, ICF Public Health Alliance, Eastern European and Central Asian PLHIV Association, Trans-Atlantic Medical Relief Foundation Inc.

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