AFEW International works for all people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia who face barriers in access to health, justice, and social participation. Priority is with groups that are more at risk, more stigmatised, and are facing more severe barriers.

AFEW International is a non-governmental humanitarian organisation that strives to promote health, and advocates for increased access to prevention, treatment, and care for major public health concerns such as HIV, tuberculosis, COVID-19, viral hepatitis, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

The work of AFEW International is primarily focused on the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). AFEW International is working with and for “key populations” (LGBTIQ and men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, sex workers, people living with HIV, (ex-)prisoners, (labour) migrants, vulnerable youth and adolescents).

By providing support and empowering communities and civil society organisations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA), we contribute to better access to good quality health services for all, including people whose access is denied due to stigma and discrimination.

As of 2019 AFEW has become a partnership of independent local organisations working in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. At the moment, the AFEW consists of five members operating in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine; with AFEW International in the Netherlands serving as the international secretariat of the partnership.

What is AFEW Partnership?

AFEW is a well-known international partnership in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) region with a good track record of activities with and for, and strong connection to key populations at risk for HIV, TB and viral hepatitis, and has gained extensive knowledge of the local context in all the countries in the region. Together, AFEW partners and key populations groups contribute to a healthy society with healthy individuals.

AFEW Partnership improves access to health services, and also improves the quality of such services for key populations through introducing innovative ways of addressing specific needs, and advocating for harm reduction through advocacy in the EECA region. Also due to this model, bridges are built between East and West: between governments and NGOs, between communities and health professionals, academic partners and NGOs.

By being a part of a wider AFEW partnership, each AFEW partner has a safety net, access to expertise and innovations, a vision on different models of capacity development, and a wider reach when it comes to advocacy on every scale (national, regional and global).

Theory of Change

Our Theory of Change has been developed with reference to AFEW Partnership’s values, policies and priorities, as well as context analysis and strategic reviews and evaluations. The document represents our big-picture thinking about the change that AFEW wants to see and what our contribution is to that change.