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ECOM continues to collect applications from experts for further engagement in ECOM’s projects. Currently, ECOM is soliciting proposals from individuals to contribute to publication production process by leading the creation of layout and design information products, overseeing the printing process and providing assistance in creation of all visual materials. BACKGROUND: Eurasian Coalition on Male Health is […]

Discussions around improving effectiveness of community cooperation in Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Estonia took place in Tallinn at the workshop organized by the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM), with participation of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network and the East Europe and Central Asia Union of People Living with HIV, in the frame of the project […]

ECOM Steering Committee Meeting held on July, 6, 2017 in Tallinn (Estonia) deliberated on a range of key topics, including ECOM Strategic and Operational Plans, Communication Strategy and Code of Ethics, admission of new members and review of the existing membership base, as well as the Secretariat Report for the second quarter of 2017. The […]

Within this Call for Proposals, ECOM invites community-based organizations and initiative groups from the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine) to submit proposals that aim to increase the advocacy capacity of underserved LGBT sub-groups of trans* people, HIV-positive gay and […]

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 […]

“Our Love Is Real” – on that name in Erevan was presented a photo project by “Right Side” NGO. It’s shows the equality of people regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Society had opposed view on fact, that members of the LGBT community could be in places that are considered to be national treasures, – […]

ECOM is glad to present its Annual Report for 2016. Last year, ECOM saw a number of significant improvements that will contribute to increasing the efficiency of the Coalition’s activities. 2016 was a crucial year for those involved with the global HIV response.  Two major forums, the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS (HLM) and […]

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 […]

ECOM continues to collect applications from experts for further engagement in ECOM’s projects. Currently, ECOM accepts applications from experts in development and conduction of research. Applications from consultants in other areas will be collected later. Within the Regional Program “Right to Health” and other projects, ECOM plans to conduct research on various topics such as […]

The first meeting of the new Steering Committee (SC) of ECOM took place in Kyiv, Ukraine, on February 19-21, 2017. The meeting agenda included development of a common vision of the SC work, discussion of ECOM’s draft strategic plan for 2017-2021, as well as adoption of practical documents necessary for ECOM and its Secretariat. Secretariat […]

ECOM is soliciting proposals from individual consultants or companies to conduct a study of attitude of gate keepers toward LGBT   in the five target countries within the baseline assessment of ECOM’s Regional Program “Right to Health” funded by the Global Fund. Download detailed Terms of Reference here:       Application Process Applications must […]

On 20 February 2017, Oleg Eremin has been elected as Chair of ECOM’s Steering Committee (SC).  Oleg has been involved in the HIV response since 1997; he has many years of experience in HIV governance and coordination:  since 2008, he leads the Belarusian National Network of AIDS Service Organizations. Oleg commented his election as follows: “Today, ECOM […]

Call for Proposals Facilitation of ECOM’s Regional Advisory Group on Strategic Information  ECOM is soliciting proposals from individual consultants to help establish and facilitate the Regional Advisory Group on Strategic Information (RAGSI) on HIV among MSM and trans* people in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia Download detailed Terms of Reference here:     […]

Starting January 2017, the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) staff has moved to a new office space. The new office occupies a roomy space in the downtown of Tallinn, Estonia. The office has several working rooms, a meeting room, storage and other facilities. ECOM’s new postal address: Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM), Tartu […]

In Russia, starting December 4, 2016, you can do an HIV oral test — by yourself and completely free of charge. Thanks to SAFE BOX Project, supported by the Elton John Foundation, gays, bisexual and transgender people can get tested anonymously and free of charge. What you have to do is to call and arrange […]

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) would like to thank all the partners and friends of ours. We enjoyed working with you this year and look forward to fruitful cooperation in 2017. Best wishes, ECOM team

Yuri Yoursky has been appointed as ECOM’s Legal Issues Advocacy Officer. “As a professional working with several LGBT community organizations of Ukraine, Yuri gained success in establishing good cooperation between different organizations and stakeholders,” remarked ECOM’s Executive Director, Vitaly Djuma. As program director of Ukrainian Public Organisation “Gay Alliance Ukraine”, Yuri was responsible for several projects […]

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) is pleased to announce that Elena German has been selected to fill the Program Director position. “Elena’s substantial experience and participation in the fight against the HIV epidemic in Ukraine, and in the broader EECA region, will undoubtedly benefit ECOM and enrich our team,” commented ECOM’s Executive Director, […]

In EECA countries, alarming trends point to a worsening AIDS epidemic among MSM and trans* people. New evidence suggests that the number of HIV-positive MSM continues to increase rapidly in the region, but that the efforts of governments and civil society remain insufficient to stabilize the situation. Data obtained between 2015-2016 shows that, in Eastern Europe […]

Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) is pleased to announce the signing of a grant agreement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to implement a regional program “Right to Health.” The program’s goal is to contribute to increased uptake and retention across HIV services continuum for MSM and trans* people. The […]

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 […]

Not Active Terms of References Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) is soliciting proposals from individual consultant(s) or firms to develop a monitoring and evaluation database (hereafter, the MED) in a suitable software to enable real-time tracking and reporting of programs being implementing by ECOM. Background Eurasian Coalition on Male Health is an international non-governmental […]

Call for Applications for Subrecipients of 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. I. General Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) is a regional association of non-profits, community groups, activists and experts in Eastern Europe and Central Asia working […]

NOT ACTIVE: Program Director The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) is an association of organizations, groups and activists in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA), advocating for improved access of men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people (TG) to evidence-based and human rights oriented services in the field of sexual and […]

NOT ACTIVE The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) is an association of organizations, groups and activists in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, advocating for improved access of men who have sex with men (MSM) and trans* people to evidence-based and human rights oriented services in the field of sexual health, including HIV prevention, treatment, […]

From September 30 to October 2, 2016, the IX National LGBT Movement and MSM Service Conference of Ukraine, entitled ‚LGBT and the Politics: the Turning Point,“ took place with international participation. Prior to the event, the regional pre-conference took place with the involvement of representatives of MSM service provision organizations and the LGBT movement in […]

NOT ACTIVE General Description ECOM is looking for an Advocacy Coordinator who will manage effective development and implementation of advocacy strategy of ECOM to achieve the organization’s mission. Responsibilities Advocacy Develop and implement advocacy strategy for improved HIV programming and financing for MSM and trans* populations in EECA; Develop and implement advocacy strategy to achieve […]

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. […]

NOT ACTIVE JOB VACANCY Finance Director Description of Role The overall role of the Finance Director is to manage finance, planning and budgeting, management and accounting, and to provide fair and timely financial reports. Reporting and Communication  Finance Director reports directly to the Executive Director (ED). Finance Director leads a Finances and Administration Team of […]

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health is pleased to announce that Maxim Kasianczuk was appointed as Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator. “Maxim has extensive academic experience and has established himself as a high-level expert on MSM, LGBT, HIV/AIDS and on human rights issues in Ukraine and other countries of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region,” […]

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 response to the challenge of the disproportionately low access to HIV services of men who have sex with men (MSM) and trans* people in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA), ECOM submitted an Expression of Interest to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in March for the regional program, […]

Gennady Roshchupkin, ECOM’s Technical Support Coordinator, was invited to make remarks during the closing ceremony of The International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) on July 22, 2016. We are pleased to publish the full text of his statement below: It is a big honor for me to speak to you today! I want to start by expressing my gratitude to the […]

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 […]

2015 was a formative year for the development of ECOM as an organization. During the past year, ECOM’s Secretariat enlarged its staff, moved to new office premises, and also updated ECOM’s logo and digital identity. ECOM’s Executive Director, Vitaly Djuma, along with the new logo. Credit: ECOM. Following the departure of former Executive Director, Tudor […]

Throughout 2015, ECOM played a key role as a provider of technical support to MSM and LGBT community organizations in the region. The provision of technical support to ECOM’s partners in the region is aimed at increasing the capacity of MSM and LGBT community organizations and ensuring that they will become sustainable and capable stakeholders […]

By Tinatin Zardiashvili Under its Community, Rights, and Gender special initiative, The Global Fund is providing technical assistance (TA) to assist a community-based organization, LGBT Georgia, to respond to an alarming increase in HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men. Nikoloz Chkhartishvili. Photo credit: ECOM. According to a surveillance survey regularly performed by Curatio International Foundation, […]

Several United Nations Member States Commit to Engage Key Populations During the United Nations High-Level Meeting to End AIDS. New York, New York — As we reported yesterday with our partners NSWP, IRGT, GATE, and the Global Platform to Fast-Track the HIV and Human Rights Responses Among Gay and Bisexual Men and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men, […]

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, […]

As the 2016 UN High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS will commence in New York, EECA civil society networks published the position paper “Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Let’s Not Lose Track” to draw attention to the catastrophic situation in our region and solutions that would enable us to catch up to the rest of the world on the track […]

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health’s (ECOM) has released its Annual Report for 2015. This report gathers information about everything of importance that ECOM was involved in this past year, including internal developments, advocacy initiatives and activities, and technical support. “Last year, we laid the foundation for our activities for 2017-2020. Thanks to the involvement […]

EHRN is looking for community organizations of PLWH, PWID, as well as MSM and transgender people in Estonia, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan to aply for small grants within the Regional Program “Money Can Buy Health If You Budget For It” funded by the Robert Carr Foundation.   This Call for Proposals is aimed at identifying community organizations from Estonia, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan […]

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) is pleased to announce the completion of its legislative analysis project. This project, carried out in cooperation with the Regional HIV Legal Network, analyzes legislative and regulatory acts and documents related to HIV and the rights of men who have sex with men (MSM) and trans* people in […]

ECOM is launching a database of national and global experts on the sexual health and rights of gay, other MSM, and transgender people/ transsexuals, working in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Experts who have provided data about themselves and who are willing to follow the rules of the database, will be the […]

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 […]

A new survey of young Americans aged 13 to 20 years old (also known, in marketing-speak, as “Generation Z”) has found that they are far more open-minded and permissive than their older millennial counterparts when it comes to issues of gender and sexuality. According to a report by trend forecasting agency J. Walter Thompson Innovation Group, […]

ECOM continues with its series of interviews with community activists from EECA countries. This time we discussed the situation of trans*people in Kazakhstan with Iskander Xanov, a representative of the organization AlmaTQ. What are AlmaTQ’s activities? We are an initiative that deals with advocacy support for trans*people in Kazakhstan. Our organization is made up of […]

On March 1, people around the world are celebrating Zero Discrimination Day. The Day was initiated by UNAIDS in order to celebrate equality, regardless of one’s gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion. This year’s theme is Stand Out and encourages everyone to stand for fair and just societies. ECOM believes it is crucial to […]

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) announce the release of the Russian translation of MSMIT, MSM Implementation Toolkit – “Implementing Comprehensive HIV and STI Programmes with Men Who Have Sex With Men: Practical Guidance for Collaborative Interventions”. The publication provides operational guidance on the Consolidated guidelines on […]

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health is pleased to announce that Gennady Roshchupkin was appointed as Technical Support Coordinator. “Gennady has shown his commitment to the establishment of ECOM on the basis of mutual respect for all members. During his long-term activity in the field of HIV, he has become well-known throughout the EECA region […]

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 […]

The Steering Committee of the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) decided to include Georgia in the list of target countries for the implementation of ECOM’s regional program “Community Actions to Increase Access of MSM and Transgender People to HIV Services in Eastern Europe and Central Asia,” and thus increase the number of countries to […]

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. […]

The Dialogue of representatives of the transgender community from Eastern Europe and Central Asia was held on 16 and 17 December 2015 in Kiev, which was attended by almost 30 representatives of the transgender community from 9 countries of EECA: Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Belarus, Tajikistan, Georgia and Azerbaijan.   The participants exchanged experiences and discussed the priorities […]

December 14, 2015 marked the 8 year anniversary of the founding of “Public Information and Need of Knowledge” NGO, ECOM’s member. Due to the dedicated work of the organization’s interdisciplinary team of professional staff the organization have succeeded to grow from a young and newly formed organization into respective organization in the sphere of human rights […]

Vitaly Djuma, ECOM’s Executive Director, was invited to participate and present at the annual meeting of the Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA), the only global association comprised of private philanthropic institutions concerned about and engaged in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Image: Courtesy of Funders Concerned About AIDS In his speech, Djuma identified some of […]

Nominations now open for the Red Ribbon Award to honour and promote community leadership and action on AIDS. Red Ribbon Award—honouring the best in community support to people living with and affected by HIV. 1 December 2015—On this year’s World AIDS Day, UNAIDS and civil society partners, in collaboration with the organizers of the 21st […]

  High-quality, strategic information is the main priority in accelerating the eradication of AIDS among MSM and trans people in the countries of EECA The lack of quality data on HIV/AIDS among MSM and trans people ensures that the epidemic remains invisible, leaving gays, other MSM, and trans people without protection and assistance in relation […]

ECOM is pleased to announce the results of the country selection process for the regional program “Community Actions to Increase Access of MSM and Transgender People to HIV Services in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.” After careful consideration, the Steering Committee has made the difficult, yet strategic choice of selecting the following four countries for […]

The Regional Dialogue Consultation Meeting organized by the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) was held in Istanbul, Turkey, on November 16-17, 2015. The meeting attracted more than 60 participants, representing civil society organizations, governmental structures from the EECA region, working with MSM, bisexuals, sex workers and other key populations, vulnerable to HIV. The participants […]

Transgender Day of Rememberance is held annually on November 20. Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) would like to join the community and encourages to commemorate all the people, who have passed away due to transphobic violence. “Lots of transgender people have enough courage to fight their prejudices and stand for their rights and freedoms. But not […]

Today, on 16 November 2015, the Regional Dialogue Consultation Meeting organized by the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) has started in Istanbul, Turkey. The Consultation is a two-day meeting, full of reports, presentations, discussions, and workshops, that will bring together more than 70 representatives of international, regional, and national stakeholders, including organizations of gay men and […]

Eurasian Coalition on Male Health is launching its new visual identity. From 16 November 2015 onwards ECOM has changed its visual appearance, being used on the website and in social media. “The power of ECOM is the power of its members – both diverse and united. And, so is the new design,” Executive Director Mr. […]

In advance of the upcoming 34th meeting of the Global Fund Board, ECOM, along with 32 other international, regional and national organizations recently signed a letter addressed to the Global Fund Board, which seeks to draw attention to certain high priority issues, including the allocation methodology framework and approaches to ensuring the successful and sustainable […]

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) is happy to present the results of its online consultation for the development of the ECOM concept note to the Global Fund.  66 persons from 12 countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Balkans participated in the consultation.  The results of the online consultation provide ECOM with […]

At its recent annual General Assembly, the World Medical Association (WMA) issued new guidelines on transgender healthcare.  The new guidelines will help physicians to increase their knowledge and sensitivity towards transgender people and their unique health needs.  The guidelines provide that everyone has the right to determine their own gender and reject the notion that gender […]

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM), along with over 270 civil society organizations, recently signed an open letter addressed to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which calls upon the organization to commit to an ambitious funding request for the 5th Replenishment to accelerate the end of the AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria epidemics by 2030. The […]