Stronger Together, Association for Support of People Living with HIV
The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health implements the Right To Health regional program to contribute to an increased uptake and retention across the continuum of HIV care for MSM and trans* people in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
At the regional level, the main program activities are implemented by the ECOM Secretariat and at the country level – by program sub-recipients in five countries: New Generation Humanitarian NGO (Armenia), Vstrecha Republican Youth Public Organization (Belarus), Equality Movement (Georgia), Kyrgyz Indigo Public Union (Kyrgyzstan), and Stronger Together, Association for Support of People Living with HIV (Macedonia).
Though the target countries that are participating in this program are limited to those five listed above, participation in the program will be open, to a certain extent, to community representatives and organizations from the countries of so-called “expanded engagement”: Azerbaijan, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, and Ukraine.
Representatives of the expanded engagement countries may be involved in the program as experts and may serve as resources for knowledge sharing, training and technical support; they may also be invited to the regional capacity-building and advocacy events.
The goal of this program is to contribute to an increased uptake and retention across the continuum of HIV care for MSM and trans* people in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Objective 1: To contribute to increasing MSM and trans* community participation in decision-making in national HIV responses.
Objective 2: To contribute to building the capacity of MSM and trans* organizations by strengthening organizational structures, technical competence and fundraising capacity.
Objective 3: To strengthen enabling environments for HIV services for MSM and trans* people, through fighting stigma and discrimination, promoting and protecting human rights, and removing legal and policy barriers.
ECOM, as part of the program “Right to Health”, implemented with the support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, developed the first ever Regional Training Module on work with Public Officials on Human Rights and Combating Stigma and Discrimination against gay men, other MSM and trans people. According to UNAIDS data, […]
Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) prepared a Regional Report on violations of the right to health of gay men, other MSM and trans people in the CEECA region in 2017. In 2017, monitoring of human rights violations, in particular violations of the right to health, was carried out by the LGBT community in 5 […]
The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) presents the results of analyses unique to the EECA region concerning the national legislation in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Macedonia, which was conducted within the framework of the project called “Right to Health,” backed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Within the framework […]
Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) opens a Call for Proposals from LGBTQ community-based organizations and initiative groups for Small Grants program under the regional program “Right to Health” with the financial support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Goal of the Small Grants Program is to increase advocacy capacity of underserved subgroups of […]
Georgia has adopted the Law on elimination of all forms of discrimination that includes sexual orientation and gender identity among protected grounds, and also made corresponding amendments to other key norms that regulate different areas of public life. In the same time, in terms of HIV, country has stigmatizing “Law on HIV/AIDS” in Georgia, according […]
The Government of the Republic of Armenia has made certain steps to introduce changes to the legislation discriminating against PLWH, gay men, other MSM and trans people, however, in the current legislation there are still many regulations, which contradict the requirements of the international human rights treaties signed by the Republic of Armenia. This is […]
The Republic of Macedonia has made significant progress in protecting the rights of the LGBT and removing legal barriers for people living with HIV. There are no restrictions on the migration of people living with HIV, and there is no ban on blood donation for MSM. However, there are issues in the country leading to […]
Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ЕCОМ) conducted legislative analysis related to LBGT rights and HIV in Republic of Belarus in 2017. Analysis demonstrated compliance of the Belarusian laws with the international requirements in terms of the freedom of movement for people living with HIV – there is no prohibition for the entry of PLWH and […]
Introduce amendments into the national legislation on prohibition of LGBT discrimination, improve the system of response to the cases of such discrimination from the side of law enforcement and judicial authorities, ensure adequate investigation of the cases of attacks on LGBT., – these and other recommendations are included in the «Legislative analysis related to LGBT […]
Involvement of communities in the decision-making processes in the field of HIV prevention among key populations remains low in Central, Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA). It is both because of existing structural barriers and lack of resources and understanding of the country dialogue processes within the communities. Such a conclusion can be made after reviewing […]