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:

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 […]