International charitable organization «East Europe and Central Union of PLHIV» (hereinafter – ECUO) was founded in 2005 and officially registered in 2007.
ECUO is a regional partner organization established by PLHIV for PLHIV. ECUO unites PLHIV communities from 15 countries in East Europe and Central Asia to enhance their impact on scaling up access to HIV treatment for all who need it through the use of effective regional and international tools. The ECUO Secretariat is located in Kiev (Ukraine).
The regional project «Partnership for equitable access to HIV care continuum in Eastern Europe and Central Asia» is being implemented in partnership with Eurasian Harm Reduction Network, with technical support from the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS. The project was approved under the New GFATM funding model.
The goal of the regional project is to increase the effectiveness, accessibility and sustainability of HIV treatment programs by contributing to ensure the HIV care continuum for PLHIV, with a special focus on KAP in the EECA region.
The goal of the project is to be achieved through a combination of activities at the regional and national levels, as well as by strengthening the interaction between communities, relevant ministries, departments and agencies, international and national organizations, and technical partners. One of the first steps of the project is to review the barriers faced by PLHIV, PLHIV/TB, and KAP when accessing the HIV care continuum.