Mission of the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health
ECOM unites the efforts of all stakeholders at cross-country level in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to create favorable conditions for all gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men and all trans* people to have access to evidence-based and human rights-oriented health services, including HIV prevention and treatment.
We work in the countries of EECA to ensure that:
- MSM and trans* people have access to timely treatment and support options on sexual, reproductive and mental health where they can openly disclose treatment-relevant information on their sexual behavior and gender identity.
- The level of stigma towards gay and other MSM and trans* people has been reduced, primarily among health care providers.
- HIV-service organizations serving MSM and trans* people acknowledge the value of human rights in HIV prevention; while LGBT organizations include sexual and reproductive health care into their agenda.
- State, non-governmental, international organizations and businesses have partnered up in creating health care services for MSM and trans* people. Representatives of HIV-service organizations, dealing with MSM and trans* people, as well as LGBT organizations are members of coordination and operational structures at international, national and local levels.
- Legislative framework and policy environment as a minimum have no barriers to effective operation of MSM/trans*-service and LGBT organizations:
- MSM and trans* people are defined as a separate target group under national HIV prevention programs;
- Scope of services for MSM and trans* people is adopted through regulation and implemented in the majority of countries in EECA region;
- HIV-related programs and services for MSM and trans* people are well-funded including through state and local budgets;
- Legislative barriers for official registration of community organizations are removed.
- A comprehensive system has been put in place for monitoring and evaluation of HIV epidemic among MSM and trans* people, including quality assessment involving communities.
- Anti-discrimination legislation has been adopted the countries of the EECA region, prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination.
Goal and objectives in 2017-2021
Promote advocacy, leadership and partnerships to ensure sustainability of health care and HIV prevention programs among MSM and trans* people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
- Facilitate the promotion of activism, leadership and community mobilization addressing health care
- Ensure recognition of MSM and trans* communities’ agenda at different levels of decision-making and allocation of funding under health care and HIV programs
- Contribute to formation of legal and social environment conducive of the right to health
- Develop ECOM’s capacity
ECOM’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2021 on russian can be found here.
ECOM’s statute or Articles of Association can be viewed here.