UNAIDS has released a new report showing how stigma and discrimination is creating barriers to accessing HIV prevention, testing and treatment services and putting lives at risk. The report, Confronting discrimination: overcoming HIV-related stigma and discrimination in health-care settings and beyond, was launched by the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, during the Human Rights Council […]

ECOM is proud to announce a new resource for trainers of the MSM Implementation Toolkit (MSMIT). After a series of grassroots workshops aimed to introduce community organizers and health providers to the MSMIT, ECOM and our partners in the region recognized the need for a Training of Trainers (ToT) manual to help introduce the larger MSMIT tool […]

A Rights Sensitization training for activists of LGBT and HIV service organizations was conducted in Yerevan, August 21-23, 2017 within the ECOM Regional Program “Right to Health” supported by the Global Fund. The training, attended by representatives from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Macedonia, identified the most pressing problems related to stigma and discrimination, violation […]

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 […]

Attending conferences, meetings, trainings, and other advocacy events is a fundamental part of ECOM’s work.  The presence of ECOM’s staff and members at these events ensures that the Coalition can effectively advocate for the rights of MSM and trans* people and that it remains an important and visible stakeholder at the national, regional, and international […]

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 […]

Strengthening the participation of communities of gay men and other MSM, and trans* people in HIV response, sustainability of prevention and treatment services, quality of data used in national program planning, human rights and sexual health of gay men, other MSM and trans* people in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia – these are the main […]

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health is pleased to announce that Paata Sabelashvili has been appointed as its Advocacy Coordinator. “Paata has extensive experience in advocacy program management. He worked successfully in several LGBT community and harm reduction organizations. His  rich international experience will strengthen ECOM and make our team more diverse,” remarked ECOM’s Executive Director, Vitaly […]

The U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, Randy W. Berry, made an official visit to Estonia and met the staff and Board members of the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM). Special Envoy Berry and ECOM staff members discussed LGBT- and MSM-related issues in EECA countries, as well as ECOM’s activities. […]

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health’s (ECOM) proposal to join the biggest international LGBTI association, ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association), has been reviewed and approved. “ECOM’s membership in ILGA provides us with additonal opportunities to advocate for the rights of MSM and trans*people in the EECA region, as well as to […]

In addition to ECOM’s involvement in advocacy activities with the Global Fund, representatives of ECOM have attended a number of conference and meetings during 2015 devoted to different issues related to HIV, human rights, and other issues affecting the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). Gennady Roshchupkin at the 4th National Conference of […]

Following the 2016 High-Level Meeting on AIDS, held in New York City from June 8-10, United Nations member states adopted a Political Declaration that sets ambitious goals to accelerate HIV prevention and treatment targets. Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: On the Fast-Track to Accelerate the Fight against HIV and to End the AIDS Epidemic […]

In a defining vote, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on “Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation, and gender identity”, to mandate the appointment of an Independent Expert on the subject. It is a historic victory for the human rights of all persons who are at risk of discrimination and violence because […]

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health’s (ECOM) Program & Advocacy Officer, Marcus Oda, attended the 38th Meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB), which took place from 28-30 June, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. The PCB acts as the governing body on all programmatic issues concerning policy, strategy, finance, monitoring and evaluation of UNAIDS. Marcus […]

Highlighting the grave human rights violations experienced by people the world-over on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, 628 organisations from 151 countries today called on the UN Human Rights Council to establish an Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). NGOs urging for […]

For Immediate Release: June 6 2016 (New York) At a make-or-break moment in negotiations over a United Nations Political Declaration, set for adoption during the High Level Meeting on HIV starting June 8 in New York, a coalition of advocacy organizations from around the world have called on governments of the United States, Brazil, Argentina, […]

EXCLUSION KILLS! Gay men and sex workers worldwide express anger over attempts by governments to erase key populations from the 2016 UN Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS (June 3rd, 2016)– On May 27th, new draft language was released for the 2016 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS, which is scheduled to be finalized in […]

April 18th, the United Nations Mission co-facilitators, Zambia and Switzerland released the “Zero Draft” of the political declaration for the United Nations High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS (HLM). MSMGF thanks the governments of Zambia and Switzerland for facilitating an inclusive process in developing and releasing the Zero Draft. This draft builds on the 2011 Political Declaration, aligning with the […]

In a report adopted last week on the EU’s relationship with Central Asia, the European Parliament has made a strong call to respect democracy, the rule of law and human rights, including the rights of LGBTI people, in the region. The report highlights the parliament’s concern over freedom of the media, freedom of expression, and freedom of […]

On April 6, 2016, ECOM’s Executive Director, Vitaly Djuma, gave a speech at the Civil Society Hearings Side Event, entitled “Unfinished Business: HIV among gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men”. In his speech, Djuma identified the challenges that MSM and other civil society organizations are facing in the EECA region and also presented […]

ECOM took part in the 5th Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference, held in Moscow, Russia from March 23-25, 2016. The conference was aimed at scientists, experts, healthcare providers, healthcare professionals and community workers. At the conference, ECOM held its own session, entitled ‘Prevention and Treatment Particularities among MSM Populations.’ The session consisted of […]

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) is pleased to announce that its concept note for the regional program “Right to Health: Community Actions to Increase Access of MSM and Transgender People to HIV Services in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia” was submitted to the Global Fund on January 29, 2016. ECOM’s regional […]

MSMGF, in partnership with UNAIDS, established the first ever advocacy platform to advise UN agencies and bilateral donors on fast-tracking the global HIV and human rights responses for gay, bisexual men, and other men who have sex with men. ECOM, represented by Executive Director Vitaly Djuma, is happy to be the part of the platform […]

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. […]

ECOM’s Position Statement in relation to the Strategic Priorities of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for 2017-2021 This document is also available as pdf from here The Global Fund is currently developing its work strategy for 2017-2021. Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) intends to actively participate in the development of […]

A working meeting of the regional key populations networks and civil society organizations working in the HIV/AIDS field was held in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) for the first time on 22-23 May 2015 in Yerevan, Armenia. The regional meeting “Strengthening coordination and advocacy of regional unions and networks of key populations to achieve the 90-90-90 targets in Eastern Europe and Central […]

ECOM recently participated in the Regional Conference Promoting Health and Rights, Reducing Inequalities: Towards Better Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The conference, organized by UNFPA’s Regional Office of Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health of Bulgaria, was held in Sofia, Bulgaria from […]

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) vociferously condemns the recent attack on the LGBTIQ organization “Labrys” in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.  On the night of April 3, 2015, unknown assailants threw three bottles containing explosives into the yard of the organization’s offices, causing open fires. Fortunately, no one was harmed in the attack and Labrys’ offices […]

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, […]

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 […]