Countries: ArmeniaAzerbaijanBelarusGeorgiathe Republic of MoldovaUkraine || Duration: 2020-2021 || Donor: European Union

As part of the EU COVID-19 Solidarity Programme for Eastern Partnership, AFEW International, People in Need (PIN) and Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC) with the financial support of the European Union joint forces to propose set of interventions  in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and contribute towards longer term socio-economic resilience of vulnerable groups.

In Eastern Europe , AFEW International is implementing the project activities in the following countries:

ArmeniaAzerbaijanBelarusGeorgiathe Republic of MoldovaUkraine.

Why COVID-19?

COVID-19 as a disease may have consequences linked to its pathophysiology for those with a health condition such as people living with HIV (PLWH), people with (history of) tuberculosis or with viral hepatitis, or other health conditions. The impact of COVID-19 on their individual medical condition is not likely to be different in EECA then elsewhere in the world. However, the epidemiology of some of the risk factors in EECA is such, that they are likely to have a substantial impact on certain populations, e.g. because of the relatively high burden of tuberculosis, especially drug-resistance TB.

COVID-19 Solidary Program in Eastern Partnerships countries strives for a comprehensive response to emergencies threatening Key Populations as the aftermath of COVID-19. Throughsmall grants to CBOs, working with Key Populations, with activities ranging from advocacy and prevention, to treatment and care in terms of COVID-19 implications, based in countries of the Eastern Partnership countries, AFEW International responds to arising and anticipated post-pandemic challenges. In order to reach the overall goal of the project, AFEW International aims at supporting 9 organizations with small grants in the period of October – September 2021. The maximum amount per grant is € 5 000.

Which activities will be supported?

  • Projects address the immediate COVID-19 related health and socio-economic needs of Key Populations, and enable them to continue supporting their usual constituents.
  • Activities respond to a situation that threatens the health, and/or the physical or juridical safety of one or more people from the above target groups or threatens the financial and/or legal situation of an NGO/CBO.
  • The activity will be used as a tool for local, national and/or international advocacy for preventing similar emergencies occurring in the future.
  • The activities to relieve an emergency will be immediately implemented and will last no longer than 12 months.