On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Since then, the governments of countries all over the world have responded differently to contain the spread of the virus.

For the EECA region, COVID-19 brought a third pandemic to the two major ones we were already dealing with – HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.

Since the beginning of March 2020, AFEW International has been continuously collecting and sharing the latest information and guidelines on COVID-19 in English and Russian, both broadly and in relation to HIV, TB, and Hepatitis. While COVID-19 was spreading around the world, we have been strategizing and adjusting by creating fast-response materials and adapting our ongoing programmes. Throughout the year we have been receiving requests for support to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and came up with several solutions and programmes in response to the needs.

In September 2020 AFEW International has launched the regional “COVID-19 Solidarity Programme in the Eastern Partnership countries” with the financial support of the European Union and in partnership with People in Need (PIN) and the Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC).

In March 2020, AFEW International created the COVID-19 corner with constant updates about the Coronavirus related news.