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In the Republic of Belarus, HIV-service organizations work in a climate of homophobia and the stigmatization of representatives of the LGBT community. Due to the fact that there are no registered LGBT organizations in the country, HIV-service NGOs represent the interests of the LGBT community in the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM). HIV-service organizations participated in […]

Issues of stigma and discrimination, options of recording of violation of LGBT, MSM and trans* people’s rights to medical services, as well as many other topics, were discussed during a 3-day training conducted on June, 7-9, 2017 in Kvareli, Georgia in the frame of the ECOM project “Together for Our Rights”. Twenty representatives of NGOs […]

The participation of LGBT community both in services delivery and strategy development within national HIV responses demonstrated to improve the quality of projects funded by the Global Fund and national HIV/AIDS programs in general. Case studies of participation of LGBT representatives in the Global Fund supported projects, collected by ECOM, show what helps and what […]

On December 23, 2015 the standard of quality of HIV prevention services among key populations, including MSM, was adopted by order of the Ministry of Health of Moldova. An annex outlining a package of services for MSM was also included in the document. We spoke with the co-author of the standard, ECOM member Veaceslav Mulear. […]

Tallinn, Estonia. 25 March 2015. Men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people (TG) are not involved in strategic discussions around HIV in most nations of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). Lack of reliable epidemiological data, high stigma, and policies that restrict the access of MSM and TG to information on HIV, […]

A recent Buzzfeed article examines Kazakhstan’s proposed bill that aims to protect minors from psychologically harmful material.  Within the bill, a clause banning information on “non-traditional sexual orientations” threatens to make the proposed bill a “gay propaganda” ban, similar to the one in force in Russia.  The full article is available on Buzzfeed’s website:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/susiearmitage/kazakhstan-may-soon-have-a-gay-propaganda-ban-of-its-own#.qs2L7BrZr

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health is releasing its Annual Report for 2014 today.  The report details ECOM’s activites for 2014 in main areas: development of ECOM’s network, grant-related project deliverables, organizational development, and advocacy and capacity building; as well identifies challenges the Coalition faced in its development.   The report can be accessed here: ECOM Annual Report […]

The Parliament of Kazakhstan is discussing bills on the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development. Among other things, these bills contain a ban on the distribution of information about non-traditional sexual orientations to minors. EKOM believes that these laws are contrary to their goal of protecting children. Rather, they actually […]

Tallinn, Estonia. February 27,2015.  The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health announced today that its Steering Committee and Board have appointed Vitaly Djuma as its new Executive Director effective March 1, 2015. Vitaly has been involved in the response to the HIV epidemic for over 15 years, with a focus on the most affected populations in Eastern Europe […]

The United Nations Children’s Fund recently released a new position paper, entitled “Eliminating Discrimination Against Children and Parents Based on Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity.” The position paper details how, in all regions of the world, children who are LGBT often suffer discrimination, intimidation, harassment and violence. Such discrimination against children based on sexual orientation […]

On the eve of the World AIDS Day, the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) hosted a successful consultation on the importance of human rights in the context of the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people (TG), attended by over 20 representatives from around the EECA region. The […]

The Open Society Foundations has drafted a new report on middle income Countries and the Global Fund’s New Funding Model.  The report explores the way in which the Global Fund’s withdrawal from middle income countries is leaving key populations behind, particularly since people living with HIV and members of key populations are concentrated in these very countries.  This […]

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) is pleased to announce the release of a new Call to Action document, “Addressing the Health Needs of Men Vulnerable to HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.” Evidence suggests that the HIV infection rate of men who have sex with men (MSM) is growing at an alarming […]