11.02.2015 SMT patients - IDPs received additional Support and hope!
Alliance-Ukraine was able to extend the implementation of its Humanitarian Service Project for internally displaced persons - SMT patients from Eastern Ukraine. In January funding from Renaissance Foundation and the AIDS Foundation of Elton John ended, thanks to which more than 200 patients from Crimea and Eastern Ukraine were able to move to safer regions of Ukraine, to continue their treatment and adapt to life in a new place.
It is very important that as a result of extensive negotiations, which lasted from July 2014, thanks to funding from the Pompidou Group, Council of Europe funded through Norway, we managed not to interrupt the project. New authoritative donor will help patients by providing the opportunity to continue support to 75 patients for the period until mid-March 2015. We are grateful for the timely vital decision of Pompidou Group.
As by 02/11/2015 Humanitarian Service Project is providing assistance to 93 patients in 7 cities of Ukraine, including 8 from Crimea, 33 - from Donetsk and 52 - from Luhansk.
The new funding will allow SMT patients to receive assistance with temporary accommodation as well integrated services - medical, social, legal. Alliance-Ukraine is looking to further funding of its humanitarian project. In the end of January 2015 we submitted a request to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on the possibility of funding support for 200 patients due to redistribution of this grant.
We hope that this issue will be resolved positively by the Global Fund visit to Ukraine, which is due to start on February 19.
10.02.2015 Publication “Activist Strategies for Increasing Access to HCV Treatment in Low- and Middle-Income Countries” By the link below please find the publication “Activist Strategies for Increasing Access to HCV Treatment in Low- and Middle-Income Countries” prepared by Karyn Kaplan, Treatment Action Group (TAG) Director, International Hepatitis/HIV Policy & Advocacy with contributions from other organizations working on HepC, including Alliance Ukraine.
In the report, you can find a number of key strategies described in three main sections: Laying the Groundwork through Community Organizing, Overcoming the Cost Barriers to HCV Treatment Access, Collaborating with Researchers to Build Your Case for HCV Treatment Access. Through real-world case studies, the report demonstrates how strategies used to combat the AIDS epidemic can be—and have been—adapted to increase HCV treatment access. Information on the Ukrainian case has been also included.
09.02.2015 The regular session of the IWG on developing the draft Strategy for ensuring access of the vulnerable groups representatives to HIV prevention services.
On February 6, 2015 the regular session of the Intersectoral Working Group (IWG) on developing the draft Strategy for ensuring access of the vulnerable groups representatives to HIV prevention services, the personal composition of which was approved by Order of the State Service of Ukraine on Socially Dangerous Diseases on May 05, 2014 ¹ 29.
During the meeting the participants discussed:
• Prospects for future activities in the context of liquidation of the State Service of Ukraine on Socially Dangerous Diseases and transfer of its functions to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine (according to the Resolution of Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine number 442 from November 09, 2014 "On optimization of central executive bodies");
• The need for revision and amendments to the draft Strategy for ensuring access of the vulnerable groups representatives to HIV prevention services (according to the previously adopted decisions of the IWG, on the content and status of this document, following a public discussion that took place on the website of the State Service of Ukraine on Socially Dangerous Diseases starting from December 12, 2014 and in connection with the Order of the State Service of Ukraine on Socially Dangerous Diseases on January 22, 2015 ¹ 6);
• The need to provide technical assistance to ensure the sustainability of the CBA with further development, coordination and implementation of practical strategies.
Meetings held in conference hall of Alliance Ukraine and was attended by 26 representatives of the public and civil sector, among them the officials of the Ministry of Social Policy, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Department of Combating Illegal Drug Trafficking of the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense (Central Sanitary and Epidemiologic Department), Ministry of Culture ,Ministry of Economic Development, the State Service of Ukraine on Socially Dangerous Diseases, Institute of Economics and Forecasting of the NASU, all-Ukrainian civil society and international organizations.
02.02.2015 On January 30 at Shevchenkivsky Department of Kiev City Patrol Police the specialized seminar on the basics of Harm Reduction and HIV/AIDS prevention was conducted. The moderators were Pavlo Scala, Director of Policy and Partnership of Alliance-Ukraine, LEAHN coordinator (Law Enforcement and HIV Network / Network "Police and HIV") in Ukraine and Yulia Dorokhova, lawyer of CF "Vertical".
The workshop was attended by 30 people. It was made possible thanks to the financial support of Levi Strauss Foundation. Workshop participants were able to learn the basic principles of harm reduction strategy, the declaration of its support, and were informed about the possibility to become members of LEARN. Great interest from the side of participants was also to specialized literature they were able to get - UNODC publications «Preventing of infection of socially dangerous diseases in the line of duty by the police" and other prevention materials issued by the Alliance-Ukraine.
In the future, these seminars will be held in other departments of Kyiv and the cities of Ukraine.
30.01.2015 News Highlights: Problems with ARV Treatment and Substitution Therapy in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Brief review of publications in the world press on the problems of access to treatment for HIV-positive people and patients with Substitution Therapy in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.
28.01.2015 On January 28 in Ukrainian Crisis Media Center was the press-briefing on the topic “Crisis situation with medical supply for patients who suffer from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and those on opioid replacement therapy who are currently in the ATO zone”.