3rd Regional Consultation on HIV among MSM and Trans* People
in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

PROGRAM

November 18, 2019

8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:20 Opening 

Welcome Remarks

        • Maris Jesse, Deputy Secretary General on Health, Ministry of Social Affairs of the Republic of Estonia
        • Victor Madrigal-Borloz, Independent Expert on Protection against Violence and Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity at the UN Human Rights Council (video greeting) 
        • Anton Macintosh, Coordinator, Trans Initiative Group T-Action, Russia
        • Oleg Eryomin, Chair of Steering Committee, Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM), Belarus

9:20 – 10:30   Plenary Session 1

Where We Are in the Regional HIV Response

The session will present the status and progress in the regional response to HIV epidemic among MSM and trans* people in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA). The speakers will cover health issues of MSM and trans* people, trends, and the results achieved by ECOM within the “Right to Health” regional program funded by the Global Fund.

Chair: Anastasia Yeva Domani, Coordinating Committee member, Trans*Coalition in the Post-Soviet Space, Ukraine 

Presentations:

        • Ending HIV Epidemic among LGBTIQ in EECA: what we can do before now and the end of 2020
        • Vinay Saldanha, Director, Regional Support Team for EECA, Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) 
        • Responding to HIV among MSM and Trans* People in WHO European Region: Leave No One Behind
        • Dr. Masoud Dara, Coordinator Communicable Disease, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe
        • Right to Health – Reality or Dream? – Vitaly Djuma, Executive Director, ECOM

 10:30 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:20 Plenary session 2

Sustainable Resources Mobilization

The session will discuss funding needs and perspectives of sustainable governmental, community, business and international funding for HIV and STI prevention and support services for MSM and ways to increase domestic resource mobilization.

Co-Chairs: 

Raminta Stuikyte, Senior Associate to Professor Michel Kazatchkine, Special Advisor of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Andrej Senih, Vice Chair, European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG); Executive Director, “Stronger Together” Association for Support of People Living with HIV, North Macedonia 

Panelists:

      • Sean Howell, CEO, LGBT Foundation; CEO and President, Hornet  
      • Maia Ribacova, HIV Prevention Coordinator, National Program for the Prevention and Control of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections, Moldova
      • Ekaterina Mangatova, Тransition Plan Manager, Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine
      • Denis Kamaldinov, Chair of the Board, NRPO “Humanitarian Project”, Russia
      • Oleg Alyokhin, Chairperson, LIGA, LGBT Association, Ukraine

 

12:20 – 12:30 Announcement of RADIAN Initiative

Jake Rashbass, Programme Lead, Elton John AIDS Foundation, United Kingdom

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:50 Plenary session 3

PrEP in WHO European Region

The session will present successes and challenges, as well as lessons learnt from the introduction and expansion of PrEP for MSM and trans* people in WHO European region.

Chair: Gennady Roshchupkin, Community Health Systems Coordinator, ECOM

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Brady, National Adviser for LGBT Health, National Health System, England

Panelists:

        • Daniyar Orsekov, Executive Director, Public Association “Kyrgyz Indigo”, Kyrgyzstan
        • Roman Marchenko, Program Coordinator, Public Organization ”ALLIANCE.GLOBAL”, Ukraine
        • Lela Serebryakova, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), Georgia
        • Dr. Viatcheslav Grankov, National Professional Officer on communicable diseases, WHO Country Office in Belarus

14:55 – 15:55 Plenary session 4

Standards of HIV Services for MSM and Trans* People

The session will discuss the use and present the examples of standards of HIV services for MSM and trans* people in EECA in accordance with WHO guidelines.

Chair: Antons Mozalevskis, Medical Officer, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe

Presentation:

Packages of HIV Prevention and Treatment Services for MSM and Trans* People in EECA – Gennady Roshchupkin, Community Health Systems Coordinator, ECOM

Panelists:

        • Vitaly Vinogradov, Co-Director, Co-Director, Global Health Research Center of Central Asia, Kazakhstan 
        • Lela Serebryakova, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), Georgia
        • Anastasia Yeva Domani, Coordinating Committee member, Trans*Coalition in the Post-Soviet Space, Ukraine 
        • Alexandrina Iovița, Technical Adviser, Human Rights, Communities, Rights and Gender Department, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
        • Maria Kaplata, Senior Program Officer, the International Charitable Foundation “Alliance for Public Health”, Ukraine

15:55 – 16:15 Break

16:15 – 17:45 Parallel sessions

Parallel session 1

Access to Strategic Information (SI)

The session will present the recent data on SI assessment and tools developed by ECOM, as well as quality and access to SI in CEECA, needs in SI, collaboration of NGO, government and academia in SI development.

Chair: Dr. Oleksandr Postnov, Expert, EGHR-Ukraine

        • Strategic Information Assessment in 6 Countries: a Two-Year Progress – Dr. Sergo Chikhladze, ECOM Consultant, Georgia
        • Accessibility to Prevention for MSM in Chelabinsk – Yury Avdeev, Director, Chelyabinsk city public organization “Independent Research Center “There is an Opinion”, Russia
        • Strategic Information in Estonia – Kristi Rüütel, Senior Researcher, National Institute for Health Development, Estonia

Parallel session 2

Trans* People in EECA: Response to HIV and Advocacy of ICD-11

The session will discuss inclusion and meaningful participation of trans* people in country transition processes, given the transition of countries to ICD-11 and HIV prevention programs.

Chair: Daniyar Orsekov, Executive Director, Public Association “Kyrgyz Indigo”, Kyrgyzstan

        • Regional Overview – Friedrich Chernyshev, Director, Trans*Generation, Ukraine
        • Kanykei kyzy, Public Association “Kyrgyz Indigo”, Kyrgyzstan; 
        • Research on Sexuality – Egor Burtsev, Project Coordinator, Initiative group “Human to Human”; Administrative Coordinator, Trans*Coalition in the Post-Soviet Space, Russia
        • The Situation in Russia around Clinical Recommendations as Part of the Depatologization of Transgender and the Transition to ICD-11 Eva Shtainer, Coordinator, Inivitative Group, Russia
        • ICD-11 and Depathologization: Meaning and Implications
        • Erika Castellanos, Director of Programs, GATE – Global Action for Trans Equality, the Netherlands

Workshop 1

Sustainability Strategy

The workshop aims at verification of the Advocacy strategy of ensuring sustainability of national and regional HIV responses in MSM and trans* people in post-grant period, with the wider membership of ECOM. The strategy will be presented as the action plan to the Joint Engagement Strategy (JES).

Facilitator: Raminta Stuikyte, Senior Associate to Professor Michel Kazatchkine, Special Advisor of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Workshop 2

HIV Services Cascade

The workshop will present the tool for building the cascade of HIV services for MSM developed by ECOM, and the results of its application.

Facilitator: Gennady Roshchupkin, Community Health Systems Coordinator, ECOM

17:45 – 18:00 Break

 18:00 – 19:00 Break-out groups – country teams work

Goal: to agree on roadmaps to accelerate and sustain national and regional responses to the HIV epidemic among MSM and trans* people in EECA.

As a result of the group discussions, national roadmaps (roadmap outlines) are expected to be developed based on the analysis of the national response measures, participants’ experience and projections, as well as lessons learnt presented at the Consultation and results of ECOM’s grant.

Country teams consist of ECOM subrecipients and members, other NGOs, representatives of governmental institutions, UN system, other stakeholders from one respective country: Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, North Macedonia, Russia, and Ukraine. Other countries with less participants (Azerbaijan, Tajikisitan, Baltic countries) can join the discussions in other groups or continue in their respective mini-groups.

Topics of Day 1:

        • Programmatic and Epidemiological aspects of national HIV response measures;
        • Funding of national HIV response. 

19:00 – 19:30  Greetings with Consultation opening

19:30 – 21:00 Dinner

November 19, 2019

9:00 – 9:15    Recap of Day 1 

A short recap of the plenary and parallel sessions of Day 1.  A consolidated report from break-out groups.

9:15 – 10:40  Plenary Session 5

Human Rights and HIV

The session will discuss best practices in address human rights-related barriers to services, experienced by MSM and trans* people in EECA.

Chair: Yuri Yoursky, Human Rights and Legal Issues Coordinator, ECOM

Presentation:

        • Regional Review of National Legislation, Presentation of ECOM Work – Yuri Yoursky, Human Rights and Legal Issues Coordinator, ECOM
        • Panelists:
        • Dr. Lia Nadaraia, Vice-Chair for Eastern Europe, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Switzerland 
        • Nadira Masiumova, Advocacy Officer, Public Association “Kyrgyz Indigo”, Kyrgyzstan
        • Tymur Lysenko, Health and Depatologization Program Manager, Trans*Coalition in the Post-Soviet Space, Ukraine
        • John Macauley, Regional HIV, Health and Development Programme Specialist, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
        • Saltanat Kasymbekova, Office of the Ombudsman of the Kyrgyz Republic, Kyrgyzstan  

10:40 – 10:45   Announcement from Emergency Support Fund for Key Populations in EECA

Yuri de Boer, Senior Programme Manager, AFEW International, the Netherlands

10:45 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:45 Parallel Sessions

Parallel Session 3

New Challenges and Innovative Approaches

The session will present best practices in introduction of innovative HIV prevention approaches in EECA. 

Chair: Oleg Eryomin, Chair of the Steering Committee, Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM), Belarus

        • Information Campaigns: How to Create Demand in PrEP for MSM? –  Evgeny Pisemskiy, Chair, NGO “Phoenix PLUS”, Russia
        • How to Establish Cooperation between Organizations of People Who Use Drugs and LGBT Organizations to Provide Assistance and Support to Reduce Harm from Chemsex Practice in Russia – Maxim Malyshev, Social Work Coordinator, Andrey Rylkov Foundation, Russia
        • The Best Channels for Promoting PrEP among MSM in Ukraine. Interim and Final Results of the Campaign – Andrii Bogoslavets, Regional Coordinator PrEP.com.ua, Public Organization ”ALLIANCE.GLOBAL”, Ukraine
        • Queer Platform KiKi: the LGBT Health Friendly Space in a Society which is Hostile towards LGBT – Beka Gabadadze, Project Manager/ Social Worker, Center for Information and Counseling on Reproductive Health – Tanadgoma, Georgia
        • Perspectives of IT Technologies in Reaching out and Serving MSM and Trans* People for Protection of their Sexual Health – Dr. Alex Schneider, Chair, Life4me.plus to fight AIDS, Hepatitis C and Tuberculosis, Switzerland

Parallel Session 4

Community Development for HIV Response

The session will present best practices in development of MSM and trans* people  communities and their participation in national HIV decision making processes.

Chair: Anton Macintosh, Coordinator, Trans Initiative Group T-Action, Russia

        • Health Services for Trans* People, Community Mobilization – Kiromiddin Gulov, Public Health Expert
        • Health and Rights of Trans* People – Kanykei kyzy, Public Association “Kyrgyz Indigo”, Kyrgyzstan 
        • Trans* Health: Community-led Improvement in Access to Healthcare Services – Anton Macintosh, Coordinator, Trans Initiative Group T-Action, Russia
        • Intersectional Approach to Working with Key Populations –  Adilet Alimkulov, Head of Advocacy Department, Public Association “Kyrgyz Indigo”, Kyrgyzstan
        • Kiev Experience in Developing a City AIDS Prevention and Control Program – Dr. Oleksandr Yurchenko, Medical Director, menZDRAV Foundation, Ukraine 

Parallel Session 5

Health beyond HIV

The session will explore issues and present best practices in working on health for MSM and trans* people other than HIV, namely STIs, SRHR, Hepatitis, Mental health.  

Chair: Maksym Kasianczuk, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, ECOM

        • MSM Mental Health in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine: EMIS 2017 Results – Oleksii Shestakovsky, ECOM Consultant, Ukraine
        • Hepatitis among MSM in Caucasian Countries: a Review – Dr. Sergo Chikhladze, ECOM Consultant, Georgia
        • LGBT Migration and Health Disparities – Tinatin Zardiashvili, MD, MA, Independent Consultant, United Kingdom
        • MSM Sexual Health – Selected Combined Approaches as a Response for Health Inequalities – Michał Pawlęga, Secretary of the Board, MSM Health Lead, Social AIDS Committee, Poland

Workshop 3

GloryQuiz – Recruitment of Volunteers

How to adapt the popular Quiz bar games format for HIV prevention, finding MSM activists and developing leadership skills for outreach.

Facilitator: Vyacheslav Semenov, MSM Coordinator, NRPO “Humanitarian project”, Russia

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch, Working Lunch for Youth

13:45 – 15:15 Parallel Sessions

Parallel Session 6

Intersectionality and Diversity

The session will explore the context of overlapping vulnerabilities – MSM and trans* people and drug use, sex work.

Chair: Ganna Dovbakh, Executive Director, Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA)

        • Mobilizing Chemsex User MSM Sex Workers in Kyiv, Ukraine: Challenges and Solutions
        • Petro Polyantsev, Officer of Regional Policy Team, All Ukrainian Network of PLHIV, Ukraine
        • Intersectionality and Harm Reduction Services for MSM/Trans* People in Moscow – Maxim Malyshev, Social Work Coordinator, Andrey Rylkov Foundation, Russia
        • Creating Enabling Environment: the Experience of the MSMT Sex Worker Community in the Republic of North Macedonia
        • Borche Manev Bozhinov, President, STAR-STAR, North Macedonia
        • Trans* Sex Work in Kyrgyzstan: Need for Security and Access to Healthcare – Kanykei kyzy, Public Association “Kyrgyz Indigo”, Kyrgyzstan 

Parallel Session 7

Stigma

The session will explore impact of SOGI-related stigma and discrimination on access to HIV services in the region.

Chair: Adilet Alimkulov, Head of Advocacy Department, Public Association “Kyrgyz Indigo”, Kyrgyzstan

        • Gate Keepers’ Attitudes in 5 Countries: a Two-Year Progress – Olesia Trofymenko, Project Manager, Center for Social Expertise named after Yu.Saenko, Ukraine
        • Stigma Research Related to PLHIV and LGBT in Armenia
        • Vaghinak Ter-Hovhannisyan, Lawyer, PINK Armenia, Armenia 
        • Intersectional Discrimination of Gay Uzbek Living in Rural Areas of Kyrgyzstan
        • Mamir Zakirov, Coordinator,  Initiative Group “Yug – Antilopa”, Kyrgyzstan

Parallel Session 8

Positive Living

The session will explore the life experiences of MSM and trans* people with HIV.

Chair: Dr. Alex Schneider, Chair, Life4me.plus to fight AIDS, Hepatitis C and Tuberculosis, Switzerland

Panelists:

        • Dzmitry Filippau, Head, menZDRAV Foundation,  Ukraine
        • Michał Pawlęga, Secretary of the Board, MSM Health Lead, Social AIDS Committee, Poland
        • Sergejs Akuličs, Activist, AGIHAS, Latvia
        • Mariya Makovetska, Capacity Building Manager, TB Europe Coalition, Ukraine

 

Workshop 4

Trans* Community of the EECA Region – Experience in the Context of the “Medical Transition”

Live Library Format is arranged and works just like a real one. Not paper books, but real people fill it, and reading is a “dialogue” of several personalities.

Facilitator: Anastasia Yeva Domani, Coordinating Committee member, Trans*Coalition in the Post-Soviet Space, Ukraine 

Live Books:

        • Friedrich Chernyshev, Ukraine;
        • Anna Gayzer, Belarus;
        • Kristina Tumanyan, Armenia,
        • Anton Macintosh, Russia;
        • Tony Sarasfati, Georgia

15:15 – 16:15 Break-out groups – country teams work

Goal: to agree on roadmaps to accelerate and sustain national and regional responses to the HIV epidemic among MSM and trans* people in EECA.

As a result of the group discussions, national roadmaps (roadmap outlines) are expected to be developed based on the analysis of the national response measures, participants’ experience and projections, as well as lessons learnt presented at the Consultation and results of ECOM’s grant.

Country teams consist of ECOM subrecipients and members, other NGOs, representatives of governmental institutions, UN system, other stakeholders from one respective country: Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, North Macedonia, Russia, and Ukraine. Other countries with less participants (Azerbaijan, Tajikisitan, Baltic countries) can join the discussions in other groups or continue in their respective mini-groups.

Topics of Day 2:

        • Policy and Governance;
        • Human Rights, Stigma and Discrimination.

16:15 – 16:45 Break

16:45 – 17:30   Closing

Chair: Elena German, Program Director, ECOM 

Presentation: Perspectives of Sustainable Response – Vitaly Djuma, Executive Director, ECOM 

Closing speeches: 

        • Mamikon Hovsepyan, Executive Director, PINK Armenia, Armenia
        • Tymur Lysenko, Health and Depatologization Program Manager, Trans*Coalition in the Post-Soviet Space, Ukraine
        • Andrey Poshtaruk, HIV Advisor, Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 

18:30 – 19:30 Dinner

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