ECOM News

“Together for Our Rights”  Small Grants Program  ECOM invites LGBTQI community-based organizations and initiative groups from the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine) to submit project proposals that aim at identifying and addressing stigma and discrimination, and human rights violations in access to health […]

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 […]

CALL FOR PROPOSALS For national consortia of community organizations in Armenia, Estonia and Kyrgyzstan to implement the Regional Program “Money Can Buy Health If You Budget For It” IS EXTENDED THROUGH 2 APRIL 2017   Regional project “Money Can Buy Health If You Budget For It” is supported by Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund […]

ECOM Announces Vacancy of Director of Finances and Administration Deadline 10 April 2017 The overall role of the Director of Finances and Administration (DFA) is to ensure proper functioning of all financial and administrative processes of the organization. DFA manages finance planning, budgeting and accounting, provides timely financial reports, ensures procurement and contract management, and controls administrative […]

ECOM is soliciting proposals from individual consultants to conduct a desk research on legal environment for HIV services for MSM and trans* people 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 […]

ECOM is soliciting proposals from individual consultants or companies to conduct a desk research on MSM and trans* community participation in HIV decision making processes 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 […]

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 […]

NOT ACTIVE Terms of References Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) is soliciting proposals from consultants to conduct the internal homophobia study within the “Right to Health” Regional Program funded by the Global Fund and implemented by ECOM. Background Eurasian Coalition on Male Health is an international non-governmental association, located in Tallinn, Estonia. We are […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

  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 […]

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 […]

ECOM is pleased to announce that its Steering Committee has confirmed the membership application of a new member, Maxim Kasianczuk, from Ukraine. Maxim is an expert on LGBT sociology, a member of an independent expert group on the health of LGBT and MSM (Ukraine), works as an expert for international organizations in the EECA region, and […]

ECOM is pleased to announce that the its Steering Committee has confirmed the membership applications of a new member organization, Public Information and Need of Knowledge (PINK Armenia), based in Yerevan, Armenia.  PINK Armenia is led by its director, Mamikon Hovseyan. ECOM is  happy to expand its circle of like-minded people and hopes for fruitful cooperation in […]

Tallinn, Estonia. 14 August 2015 Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) was thrilled to learn that its recent Expression of Interest (EoI) to request funding was accepted by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. ECOM is invited to work on development of a full proposal. While this is not a confirmation of […]

ECOM is pleased to announce that the its Steering Committee has confirmed the membership applications of four new members: Organizations: -ОФ «Community Friends», Almaty, Kazakhstan, representative—Svyatoslav Suslov -Action, Center for Social and Information Initiatives, Saint Petersburg, Russia, representative—Valery Sozaev Individual Members -Nikolaos Marmalidi, Kostanay, Kazakhstan -Anastasia Kristel Domani, Kiev, Ukraine ECOM is  happy to expand its circle of like-minded people and […]

Euro Pride took place this year in Riga, Latvia from June 15-20. Latsin Alijev, a board member of ECOM, traveled to Riga in order to take part in the pride events on behalf of ECOM. Alijev participated in a number of working groups on health and human rights, distributed informational material about ECOM, met with […]

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 is happy to announce the results of the recent by-election for two new Steering Committee members.  Igor Medvid from Ukraine and Vitaly Vinogradov from Kazakhstan were selected to join the current Steering Committee for the rest of its term.  You may read more about Igor and Vitaly, as well as about the other Steering […]

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 […]

Fighting Homophobia and Transphobia Is Fighting HIV Statement of the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health in conjunction with the 2015 International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia, and International AIDS Candlelight Memorial May 15, 2015. Tallinn, Estonia. This year, May 17th simultaneously commemorates the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOT), and the International […]

24 April 2015. Tallinn, Estonia The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) welcomes the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopting of an historic resolution on the rights of transgender people. The resolution 2048 (2015) “Discrimination against transgender people in Europe” of April 22, 2015, confirms the widespread support of parliamentarians for the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]