On December 15-16 leaders of advocacy consortiums from Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, Estonia, Uzbekistan, WHO representatives, EECA organizations and the regional coordination group (RCG), operating within the framework of the program “Partnership for the Equal Access to the Continuum of HIV Care for All Who Need It”, attended a meeting in the capital of Ukraine.
The main issues to be discussed at the event will focus on the interim results of the regional PARTNERSHIP program in 2017, experience sharing and key project tasks planning and advocacy activities for 2018.
It should be noted that while there is a steady decline in the HIV incidence and AIDS mortality worldwide, Eastern Europe and Central Asia remain the only region where the Millennium Development Goals are not achieved, namely Goal 6 – to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and to set up a downward incidence trend.
According to the latest UNAIDS report “Ending AIDS: progress towards the 90–90–90 targets”, the number of newly registered HIV cases and AIDS-related deaths in the EECA region is increasing. According to UNAIDS/WHO/EuroCDC, 190,000 [160,000-220,000] people living with HIV were newly identified in the region as of 2016, the total number of new HIV infections increased by 60% compared to 2010, while scaling up treatment has reduced the annual number of new HIV infections globally by 16% compared to 2010. Access to treatment in the EECA region is about 28%, being one of the lowest in the world. AIDS-related death count reported in the EECA region increased by 38%, while global AIDS mortality has almost halved (48%).
Regional program “Partnership for the Equal Access to the Continuum of HIV Care for All Who Need It” is implemented by the ECUO PLWH with the support of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.