Innovative instruments improve healthcare services for key populations
In 2013 AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW) launched two web-based platforms for medical and non-medical specialists working with key populations in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The goal of the platforms is to allow specialists to quickly and effectively exchange information and practical experiences as well as get consultation from health care experts on the issues of HIV, TB, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, substance dependence, harm reduction and the legal aspects related to these issues. In the first year, the two platforms answered more than 4000 questions.
IDPC Advocacy Note - UNODC’s shifting position on drug policy: Progress and challenges
In March 2014, country delegations will gather at the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) to review progress and challenges in international drug control since the agreement of a Political Declaration on drugs in 2009. Given that the Political Declaration aims to “eliminate or reduce significantly” the use, supply and demand of controlled drugs by 2019, this meeting represents an important opportunity for honest evaluation and an acknowledgement that these targets are not being achieved. With a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs just two years away, this is an important time for international drug control policy.
Kyrgyz Police Academy Instructors trained about sex workers, people who use drugs and LGBT people
On 19-20 February ten instructors from the Kyrgyz Police Academy received a training on issues related to stigma and discrimination of sex workers, people who use drugs and LGBT in their country. The goal of this training was to train the police about the human rights of key populations and how violation of these rights impacts their health.
AFEW alarmed about the situation in Ukraine; staff members and their families are safe
AIDS Foundation East-West is alarmed about the situation in Ukraine where since the fall 2013 mass protests have been taking place. The situation has worsened on February 18 and led to numerous casualties. According to our colleagues, all AFEW employees and their families are safe. The program activities continue in working order based on the current situation. Next week training was planned for social workers of NGOs in the Kiev suburb, but it is possible that the event will be postponed until the situation in the country stabilizes.
AFEW expresses hope that the political crisis will come to an end soon and peacefully.