On September 28, 2021, a high-level meeting “Progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the national response to eliminate all forms of HIV-related stigma and discrimination” will be held in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan).

As of August 1, 2021, 10,807 people living with HIV were registered in the country. 4842 people are getting antiretroviral therapy.

State bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic, confirmed their commitment and readiness to implement the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS and achieve the 95-95-95 goal as well as approved an interdepartmental plan to overcome legal barriers related to HIV/AIDS.

The Government’s HIV Program is also coming to an end, and the country is starting to develop a new national strategy. The Program is expected to include substantive sections aimed at eliminating HIV-related stigma and discrimination. Strengthening these measures is necessary due to the fact that, despite the taken steps, it remains a serious challenge and barrier in the provision of services for PLHIV and other key populations. For example, in the electronic system for documenting offenses ReACT for the first half of 2021, 320 cases of violations of the rights of PLHIV and other key populations were recorded.

Among the participants of the event:

  • Zhyldyz Bakashova, Deputy Chairwoman of the Cabinet of Ministers
  • Alexander Goliusov, UNAIDS Regional Director
  • Michel Kazatchkine, UNAIDS Special Advisor
  • Andriy Klepikov, Alliance for Public Health
  • Dr. Jakob Huber, Senior Partner Licit
  • Aibar Sultangaziev, Partnership Network Association
  • Tetiana Deshko, Alliance for Public Health
  • Alexandra Volgina Global Network of PLWH GNP +

As well as Heads of Ministries and departments, representatives of international and non-governmental organizations.

The meeting will be supported by the project “Sustainability of services for key groups in the regions of Eastern Europe and Central Asia” (#SoS_project).

SoS_project: The implementation of the three-year project coordinated by the Alliance for Public Health, in a consortium with the 100% Life (All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH), the Central Asian HIV’ Association and the Eurasian Key Populations Health Network, with the participation of national governmental and non-governmental organizations, regional key populations networks , international agencies and organizations, as well as technical partners, with financial support  The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

REAct (Rights – Evidence – Actions) is a tool  that was developed by Frontline AIDS for monitoring and response to human rights violations at community level. The system is implemented by ICF “Alliance for Public Health” with a technical support of Frontline AIDS and financial support of  the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. REAct enables organizations to record cases of human rights violations among key populations and respond to human rights barriers in accessing HIV prevention and treatment, as well as health care services.