26.11.2013 Alliance lodges a claim against Ukraine
Legal battles had been going on during 2.5 years in the administrative courts of all levels in Ukraine over the appeal against certain fragments of the Order of Ministry of Health of Ukraine No. 634 dated 29.07.2010, the enactment of which groundlessly increased criminalization of people who use opiates, a population most vulnerable to HIV, by 20 times. Having exhausted all available national mechanisms, the Alliance for the first time was compelled to lodge a claim against the state of Ukraine to the European Court of Human Rights regarding undoubted and arbitrary violation by the state of Ukraine of the right to fair trial. Alliance is looking forward to unbiased and fair consideration of this case by the ECHR.
22.11.2013 Alliance and Charity Association “Light of Hope” are implementing HIV prevention in the penitentiary facilities of Poltava oblast.
Poltava city hosted a practical workshop and a consultation “Prevention of HIV and other socially dangerous diseases among persons registered with the Criminal and Executive Inspection of Ukraine: experience of cooperation with non-governmental organization and further development outlook in the context of Probationary Service establishment». The event was organized by the Alliance together with its partners: UNODC, State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine and Charitable Foundation “Svitlo Nadiyi” (“Light of Hope”).
“Poltava oblast was the first to support the substitution maintenance therapy programs, introduced in Komsomolsk. Nowadays in Poltava local and oblast budgets also contribute to the support of social adaptation center for the populations most vulnerable to HIV infection”, says Tetyana Deshko, Associated Director: Field Programs of Alliance Ukraine.
Poltava oblast is a leader in HIV response, penitentiary facilities being no exception. Non-governmental organizations of the region were the first to receive support from the local authorities in form of prevention programs funding.
The event as featured in Poltava TV channels stories: http://www.misto-tv.poltava.ua/news/15704/ http://irt.pl.ua/video/1449 Information on the official site of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine: http://www.kvs.gov.ua/peniten/control/main/uk/publish/article/697185 http://www.kvs.gov.ua/peniten/control/main/uk/publish/article/697420
30.10.2013 In 9 years after the commencement of the substitution maintenance therapy in Ukraine it is finally permitted to hand the drugs directly to patients
The respective mechanism, envisaged by the Procedure approved by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 333 dated 13.05.2013 , was recently tested in practice on the basis of a HCF-based SMT site.
One of the patients had already twice received the drug (methadone) for the period of 10 days on the basis of his own application to the chief doctor (under the Annex No. 3 form) and the motion from Alliance-Ukraine to the chief doctor as this was the first instance of such kind.
According to the current edition of the Order of MoH No. 360, it is not allowed to issue the tableted methadone to SMT patients upon prescription. Thus, practical implementation of the CMU Resolution No. 333 which had approved the new progressive procedure of narcotic drugs circulation in HCFs, would allow to significantly increase SMT programs efficiency, patients’ quality of life, enhance coverage. Similarly, this scheme is actually already working for palliative and other patients who now have an opportunity to receive in their hands or on in-home basis, personally or through their relatives, tableted morphine, tramadol and other narcotic drugs being on the same regulatory level as SMT drugs.
On July 3-rd, 2013 the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Crimea as represented by the Chairman Mr. Anatoliy Mogilyov, signed the MEMORANDUM of Cooperation between the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and ICF “International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine” which enshrines the parties’ readiness to cooperate on the issues of countering HIV/AIDS and TB on the AR of Crimea territory, in pursuit of the activities stipulated by the National HIV/AIDS and TB programs, using the capacity of republican, international donor, civil society and charitable organizations.
As of the present this is already 9-th Memorandum of Cooperation signed by the Alliance Ukraine in 2012-2013 with the oblast state administrations and the councils of people’s deputies in Mykolayiv, Kyiv, Odesa oblasts; with the municipal administration and councils of people’s deputies in the city of Sevastopol; with oblast state administrations in Cherkasy, Kherson, Lviv oblasts; with main department of health of Dnipropetrovsk oblast state administration.
Alliance Ukraine jointly with the partners continues advocating for the need to decriminalize drug users in Ukraine within the framework of the next 108-th session of the UN Human Rights Committee to start on July, 8-th, in Geneva
Based on the results of working with the topical shadow report submitted by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network in 2012, the UN Committee had on November 23-rd, 2012 included the problem of the excessive criminalization of drug users caused by the MoH orders in the List of Issues (para.12) to the Government of Ukraine, whereof the Government of Ukraine had in its Replies to the List of Issues dated May 16-th, 2013, provided to the UN Committee a perfunctory reply being inadequate to the actual situation (para.104 )
On July 8-th, 2013, on the opening day of the 108-th session of the UN Human Rights Committee commencement in Geneva informal meeting will be held by the Committee members with civil society organizations which have submitted their alternative reports last year. Pavlo Skala, Senior Programme Manager: Policy and Advocacy, and Mykhail Golichenko, Senior Analyst of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network will participate in these informal meeting advisory sessions. Alternative report to the UN Human Rights Committee
Additional information to the Report to the UNHRC
21.06.2013 On June 20-th, 2013 the Extended Session of the intersectoral working group of the Odesa Oblast Coordination Council on HIV and TB was held.
ICF “International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine” was the initiator and co-organizer of the meeting chaired by the Deputy Chairman of the Odesa Oblast State Administration D. B. Voloshenkov, with the participation of the representatives of Odesa Oblast Center for Social Services for Children, Family and Youth, USAID RESPOND project, Odesa city and oblast AIDS Centre and other stakeholders.
The session was dedicated to such issues as coordination of approaches and implementation of activities aimed at HIV prevention among most-at-risk adolescents, best international practices in prevention work, development of sustainable cooperation between the governmental sector and non-governmental organizations. The discussion was also focused on the training for social workers. ICF “International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine” had presented the training for CSSCFY specialists which will be carried out on June 26-28, 2013 in Odesa under the topic “HIV Prevention among the Adolescents Practicing Risky Behavior”.
10.06.2013 Alliance Ukraine participates in key harm reduction event of the year On June 9-12 the Harm Reduction International Conference is being held in Vilnius, calling the governments to provide the necessary political and financial support to address the HIV epidemic driven by injecting drug use in many parts of the world. The theme of the Conference 2013 is 'The Value/s of Harm Reduction'.
The Alliance Ukraine representatives will take active part in this international forum together with the organizations belonging to the global Alliance family. During various sessions and presentations Ukrainian specialists will demonstrate successful examples of the harm reduction programs implementation on the national level.
Within the framework of the conference the Alliance also holds a regional advocacy school on advocating interests and access to services for PWID.
Success of Ukrainian harm reduction was discussed during the Conference. At the same time new Alliance project on access to ART for injecting drug users was presented. Presentation of this project is available here: Scaling up access to HIV treatment for drug users in UkraineCommunity initiated treatment intervention (CITI)
06.06.2013 During June 3-6, 2013 the workshop “Strategic Information as a Basis for Decision-Making in HIV/AIDS” is being held in Yalta.
The State Service of Ukraine on HIV/AIDS and Other Socially Dangerous Diseases, CDC-funded METIDA project: M&E-related Technical Assistance and Improved Data Application in HIV (implementer – ICF “International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine”) and USAID-funded project “Improving HIV/AIDS Services among Most-at-Risk Populations in Ukraine” (implementers – Pact, Inc./FHI 360) were the organizers of this event.
During the workshop the Ukrainian best practices will be represented in the sphere of the strategic information use for planning and implementation of policies in HIV/AIDS response sphere, as well as the activities on strengthening the strategic information use on the national and regional level. The international experience was represented as to collection and use of strategic information in HIV/AIDS response sphere.
The representatives of central executive bodies, other state institutions, donor organizations, Ukrainian and international NGOs participated in the workshop.
12.04.2013 100 Ukrainians condemned to death lined in front of the Cabinet of Ministers with their hands tied and bags on their heads
Terminally-ill Ukrainians, who were left with no chance to live, will line up on April, 17 in a live wall in front of the building of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. 100 people with their hands tied and with textile bags on their heads, condemned to death, will stand in front of their executioners, accompanied by drumbeat, as on the Medieval.
Action "the Condemned" will start on Wednesday, April, 17 at 9:30 am, when all the officers involved in the revision of the 2013 budget will be coming to their offices. The action will take place at the address: 12/2, Grushevskogo Street. A press briefing will take place at 10.00, where the following patients, condemned to death, will speak out:
- Patient with Hepatitis
- Tuberculosis Patient
- HIV-positive Patient
09.04.2013 Alliance reports on results of implementation of "Support for HIV and AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Care for Most Vulnerable Populations in Ukraine" Program under the Global Fund Round 6 grant (2007-2012).
26.02.2013 Alliance has achieved the majority of key goals within the framework of GF Round 10 Program implementation
Alliance Ukraine has reported on the fulfillment of the Round 10 Program of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in the second half of 2012. The report was presented during the meeting of the National Council on TB and HIV/AIDS on 26 February. During the reporting period absolute majority of programmatic goals were fulfilled. The average fulfillment percentage by key indicators is 108%. Prevention programs covered 137 204 IDUs, 22 978 SWs, 13 123 MSM, 12 312 most-at-risk adolescents. Presentation of the GF Round 10 Program implementation in July-December 2012 (in Ukrainian)
The newly created Ministry of Revenues and Duties starts the year of 2013 with “racketeering” the most vulnerable to HIV.
On January 21, 2013 the Customs Service requested the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine to pay additional UAH 3.3 million of extra duties groundlessly accrued on charitable aid procurements of syringes distributed for HIV prevention purposes.
24 January 2013. The Alliance press-conference coverage in the media (in Ukrainian):
Interfax - Ukraine
Kommersant - Ukraine ÒV³
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