Overview of the regional and national activities of the #SoS_project team in April-July 2020
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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”.

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