COVID-19 situation quarterly report in the six countries of the Eastern Partnership June 2021

In the framework of the EU COVID-19 Solidarity Programme for the Eastern Partnership, AFEW International is continuously collecting and circulating information on the epidemiology of COVID-19 in the six countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), as well as the measures taken by local governments to contain the epidemic and information on access to health services.

This is one of the activities within the programme implemented by the consortium of NGOs – AFEW International,  People in Need (PIN) and Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC). The quarterly reports do not give conclusions or recommendations for the next steps. They are intended to inform and support the development of (new) interventions.

The most recent report (28 June, 2021)  gives an overview of the period 1 April – 28 June 2021. Read the report here

Results of the small grants call under EU COVID-19 Solidarity Programme

Following the AFEW International’s call for proposals launched in April 2021, several community-based organisations (CBOs) working with key populations in the Eastern Partnership countries have been awarded small grants up to € 3.500 for immediate material needs arising from COVID-19 related measures, such as PPE and IT/communication equipment. The support is provided under the EU COVID-19 Solidarity Programme, financed by the European Union.

In total, we’ve received 61 applications: 36 from Ukraine; 1 from Belarus; 4 from Azerbaijan; 14 from Georgia; 2 from Armenia and 4 from Moldova.

Unfortunately none of the proposals submitted from organisations in Azerbaijan or Belarus have been selected. Due to the high amount of applications received from organisations in Ukraine we have decided to support 2 more eligible proposals (in addition to 3, which we announced earlier).

Therefore, after a careful eligibility check and selection process among 3 members of the Operational Team, we have agreed to support 10 proposals, of which 5 proposals are from Ukraine, 2 proposals from Georgia, 2 from Armenia, and 1 from Moldova.

It is important to note that we selected proposals with an average score of 3.5 and higher. When we’ve reviewed the applications, we kept the following in mind:

  • We prioritized activities which are not (easily) fundable through other means.
  • We prioritized smaller community-based organizations that are carrying their work in smaller cities.
  • In the portfolio of grants, we strived to have all relevant key populations represented.

You can find out more about the EU COVID-19 Solidarity Programme in the Eastern Partnership Countries and its various components and updates here.

We would like to thank all the applicants for their time and effort! You can find out more about our other grant opportunities here.

COVID-19 situation quarterly report in the six countries of the Eastern Partnership April 2021

In the framework of the EU COVID-19 Solidarity Programme for the Eastern Partnership, AFEW International is continuously collecting and circulating information on the epidemiology of COVID-19 in the six countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), as well as the measures taken by local governments to contain the epidemic and information on access to health services.

This is one of the activities within the programme implemented by the consortium of NGOs – AFEW International,  People in Need (PIN) and Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC). The quarterly reports do not give conclusions or recommendations for the next steps. They are intended to inform and support the development of (new) interventions.

The most recent report (April 19, 2021)  gives an overview of the period 1 January – 31 March 2021. You can read it here.

 

The following sources were used for this report:

— WHO Health System Response Monitor (HSRM);
— Official sources on the coronavirus situation in the countries;
— Reports on the COVID-19 situation prepared by the UNICEF, UN, OECD, International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR);
— Global news agencies;
— Local independent media.

Small grants to CBOs in the Eastern Partnership countries for immediate material needs arising from COVID-19 related measures

AFEW International is launching a call for proposals from community-based organisations (CBOs) working with key populations on immediate material needs arising from COVID-19 related measures, such as PPE and IT/communication equipment.

We aim at supporting multiple organisations from the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) with small grants. The maximum amount per grant is € 3.500.

Eligibility criteria for the applicant

Applicant should be a Community based organization (CBO) or represent the interests and needs of the
following groups:
o Sex workers
o LGBTQI
o Men who have sex with men (MSM)
o Women vulnerable to HIV
o Migrants
o Adolescents at risk
o People using drugs
o People living with HIV (PLHIV)

Eligible costs

The Call will support CBOs that have been struggling to adapt to the new COVID-work environment with extreme limits in movement, reduction of interaction with target beneficiaries and the transition to online/remote management and mobilization. To address these challenges, AFEW International will provide support to CBOs in order to adapt and manage these changes.

  • Purchase of equipment for meetings and office rooms to facilitate distance/remote work;
  • Purchase of IT equipment to be able to facilitate communication with the clients;
  • Purchase of COVID-19 personal protection materials (masks, gloves, sanitizers, soap) for organizational and clients use;
  • Purchase of other sanitary equipment and materials for use in the office and/or when meeting clients on outcalls.

How to apply

  • Fill out the application form. An application shall be submitted in English or Russian. The deadline for submitting the form is on 30 April 2021 at 17:00 CET (Amsterdam time). All proposals submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed!
  • Send this form to the following email address: covid19@AFEW.nl. Once submitted, you will receive an automated notification.
  • Wait for the decision of the Selection Commission regarding your application. The review of the applications will be done within 3 weeks after the deadline. The decisions will be announced on 21 May 2021.
  • If you have questions, please refer them to the above-mentioned email address or to Valeria Fulga: valeria_fulga@AFEW.nl.

The Application Form consists of two parts. Part 1 refers to the content of the proposal. Part 2 refers to organizational and banking details. Both parts need to be submitted at once.

More details about the call for applications  – here.

Application Form COVID-19 Solidarity Program – download.

Budget form download.

Banking details form download.

This call is a part of a regional COVID-19 Solidarity Program in the Eastern Partnership countrieswith the financial support of the European Union. This project supports community based organizations (CBOs) to respond to the immediate and longer term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Eastern Partnership countries. AFEW International together with the Netherlands Helsinki Committee is part of the consortium led by People in Need. The consortium has the goal of enhancing the capacities of CBOs to effectively respond to short- and medium-term needs and influence longer-term policy reforms that support vulnerable groups and those disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bi-weekly update on the COVID-19 situation in the countries of the Eastern Partnership

Within EU-funded COVID-19 Solidarity Programme for the Eastern Partnership countries AFEW International prepares bi-weekly updates on the COVID-19 developments in the region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine). 

You can now find all the updates in the COVID Corner on our website.

As of 11.02.2020
Regional overview

The number of coronavirus cases per population ratio since the start of the active phase of the pandemic (April 1) in the 6 countries of the EaP

Source: Sciences Po Media lab Coronavirus Country Comparator

ARMENIA

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Armenia 168,676 160,670 3,135

 

Measures to contain the epidemic

— The quarantine in Armenia declared on January 11 still remains in place till July 11, 5 p.m.

Vaccine

— On February 1, the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus has been approved by the Armenian Health Ministry, according to a press release of the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

Education

— Schools in Armenia resumed in-person learning from December 7. Clinically vulnerable and 65+ employees of schools can work remotely. At-risk children will continue learning remotely.

 

AZERBAIJAN

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Azerbaijan 231,509 225,914 3,167

 

Measures to contain the epidemic

— Authorities in Azerbaijan are maintaining the nationwide special quarantine regime as of February 5 to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19); the measure will remain in place through at least April 1.

— Land borders remain closed, and most passenger flights are suspended.

— Nonessential stores are currently operating in accordance with strict hygiene and social distancing mandates. Protective face coverings and social distancing are mandatory at all times in enclosed or crowded public spaces; public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited nationwide. The Baku Metro remains closed; public transport is suspended at the weekend in Baku and some other urban centers until at least April 1.

Vaccine

— 62,398 healthcare workers in Azerbaijan had received their first doses of the Chinese-made CoronaVAC vaccine as of February 2. Previously, Azerbaijan placed an order for four million doses of the CoronaVAC vaccine manufactured by the Chinese SinoVac company. The country had also joined COVAX, a campaign co-led by the vaccine alliance Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and the World Health Organization (WHO). As part of the initiative, Azerbaijan will receive two million doses of vaccine for one million people.

 

BELARUS

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Belarus 261,859 250,078 1,811

 

Measures to contain the epidemic

— The Healthcare Ministry’s anti-coronavirus recommendations remain the same – social distancing, limiting face-to-face contact, avoiding crowds, wearing masks.

Vaccine

— As of February 10, the vaccination of Belarusian healthcare workers with Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine is nearing completion:

— Brest Oblast vaccinated more than 91% of those who signed up for the first stage of the immunization program. The figure reached 100% in Vitebsk Oblast, Gomel Oblast, Grodno Oblast and Minsk, 78% in Minsk Oblast, and 94% in Mogilev Oblast.

— The vaccination of healthcare workers will be completed this week. Simultaneously with that, vaccines will be delivered to employees of educational institutions, care homes, nursing homes and social services.

 

GEORGIA

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Georgia 264,158 256,024 3,321

 

Cases of COVID-19

— 2,094 patients are undergoing treatment in hospitals as of February 11. 471 of the 2,094 patients are in critical condition. 133 of the 471 critical patients are on artificial ventilation.

Measures to contain the epidemic

— Markets and public transport have resumed operations across Georgia starting February 8, however, will be closed on weekends due to Covid-19 restrictions. Public transport was not serving passengers due to the spread of the coronavirus since November 28, 2020.

Education

— Operations of schools, kindergartens and vocational and higher education institutions are planned to be resumed starting March 1.

Vaccine

About 14,000 individuals have been selected in Georgia to be vaccinated for coronavirus in the first stage and all of them are medical workers, announced on February 8 Head of the National Disease Control Centre Amiran Gamkrelidze. Vaccination will take place in the capital city of Tbilisi, the Black Sea resort town of Batumi and the western Georgian city of Kutaisi.

Economy

— Georgia’s healthcare system spent over 200 million GEL (about $60.2 million) on its Covid-19 response in 2020.

 

MOLDOVA

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Moldova 166,553 154,956 3,589

 

Cases of COVID-19

— The pace of growth in coronavirus cases increased for the second week in a row. The average number of daily cases over a seven-day period now stands at 681, which is nearly 170 cases more compared to the same figure registered during the previous week.

— In terms of geographical distribution, Chisinau, with 42% of all confirmed cases, remains the most affected area in the country if the number of cases is considered. With 12% of all confirmed cases, the Transnistria region follows in the list of most affected areas.

Measures to contain the epidemic

— A state of emergency in Moldova remains in force until February 15 2021. Outdoor activities in the parks are banned and elderly people are allowed to leave homes only to buy food or medicine. Additionally, night clubs, theaters, and cinemas have to remain closed after 22:00. The country barred entry to foreigners and banned mass events. Wearing protective masks in public spaces is compulsory.

Vaccine

— First batches of COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in the Republic of Moldova in mid-February, namely 24,570 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and 264,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

 

UKRAINE

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Ukraine 1,258,094 1,098,944 24,058

 

COVID-19 cases

— The situation with the spread of the coronavirus in Ukraine has stabilized: the average weekly incidence indicators decreased three-fold, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky told to the press on February 8.

Measures to contain the epidemic

— Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov told the press on February 9 that there is no need to strengthen quarantine measures in Ukraine until April-May. “We are getting the desired result from these restraining factors of the current quarantine measures,” Stepanov said.

— Adaptive quarantine in Ukraine will be in effect from mid to late February, Deputy Minister, Chief State Sanitary Doctor Viktor Liashko told the press on February 9 in Kyiv. “We will offer the government a new ‘traffic light’ – zones of epidemic danger, which will exist in the country in mid-late February. There will be several zones – three or four,” he said. Liashko said that the key to the new adaptive quarantine would be the ability of the healthcare system to provide assistance.

Vaccine

— The vaccination in Ukraine has not started yet. At the end of last year, an agreement was concluded for the delivery of over 1.9 mln doses of a vaccine against the coronavirus by China’s Sinovac Biotech; the first 700,000 doses should arrive in February.

Bi-weekly update on the COVID-19 situation in the countries of the Eastern Partnership

Within EU-funded COVID-19 Solidarity Programme for the Eastern Partnership countries AFEW International prepares bi-weekly updates on the COVID-19 developments in the region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine). 

You can now find all the updates in the COVID Corner on our website.

As of 26.01.2021
Regional overview

The number of coronavirus cases per population ratio since the start of the active phase of the pandemic (April 1) in the 6 countries of the EaP

Source: Sciences Po Media lab Coronavirus Country Comparator

ARMENIA

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Armenia 166,232 155,404 3,052

 

Cases of COVID-19

— The numbers of coronavirus cases are going down in Armenia. Today is the first day since August with less than 60 infections.

Measures to contain the epidemic

— Armenia’s Ministry of Health reported on January 11 that for reducing the risk of spread of the coronavirus decease in Armenia the quarantine declared in the whole territory of the Republic will be extended for another six months – till July 11, 5 p.m.

Vaccine

— Vaccines will be purchased for 10% of the population in Armenia. The Ministry of Health has decided to buy the British AstraZeneca vaccine for 3% of the population in the first stage, it will be supplied until March 2021. The first phase of vaccination will prioritize people aged over 65, health workers and those who have underlying health conditions.

Education

— Schools in Armenia resumed in-person learning from December 7. Clinically vulnerable and 65+ employees of schools can work remotely. At-risk children will continue learning remotely.

AZERBAIJAN

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Azerbaijan 229,358 221,116 3,100

 

Measures to contain the epidemic

— Azerbaijan will allow cafes and restaurants to open their doors to customers from February 1 but other coronavirus lockdown restrictions will be extended until April, the government said on January 23.

— Shopping malls will stay closed and the metro service in the capital Baku will remain suspended.

Vaccine

— The vaccination of the population in Azerbaijan started on Monday, January 18 after the country officially joined the global inoculation campaign. The country’s prime minister confirmed last week the national anti-COVID-19 vaccination strategy covering the period of 2021-2022. Inoculation in Azerbaijan is voluntary and government-sponsored. People who get vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country will receive a confirmation document, a “vaccine passport”. The country’s authorities opted for the CoronaVac vaccine manufactured by the Chinese Sinovac company, with an order placed for 4 million doses.

BELARUS

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Belarus 239,482 224,925 1,668

 

Measures to contain the epidemic

— The Healthcare Ministry’s anti-coronavirus recommendations remain the same – social distancing, limiting face-to-face contact, avoiding crowds, wearing masks.

Vaccine

— Russia and Belarus are setting up a joint venture in Belarus to manufacture the Russian anti-coronavirus vaccine, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said on January 26 at talks with his Belarusian counterpart, Roman Golovchenko.

GEORGIA

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Georgia 254,822 244,446 3,096

 

Measures to contain the epidemic

— Several coronavirus-related restrictions will be lifted in Georgia in February and in March, following a plan approved at the Interagency Coordination Council meeting on January 22:

Starting February 1:

Municipal transport, schools, shops and shopping centres will resume in Batumi, Zugdidi, Gori, Poti and Telavi.

Shops and shopping centres will be opened in Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Rustavi.

In the Adjara region it will be permitted to receive guests in open spaces and open food facilities, however restrictions on weddings, various social events or parties are still in force.

Starting February 15:

Open and closed markets will be opened in all cities of Georgia.

Starting March 1

Operations of schools, kindergartens and vocational and higher education institutions are planned to be resumed.

Municipal transport is also planned to restore operations.

What restrictions remain in force?

  • Restrictions on movement across the country remain in effect from 21:00 to 05:00 until 1 March
  • Municipal transport will not be available on weekends during February, while restaurants, food facilities and shops will operate only with a delivery service; produce markets, food and animal feed stores, pharmacies will continue to operate as usual, following the safety rules
  • Movement of the intercity transport will also be restricted
  • All other restrictions remain in force, including at ski resorts
  • Wearing face masks, managing customers’ flow and distance between them is mandatory and will be strictly monitored.

According to the Georgian Prime Minister, the full reopening of the economy will be possible if the community transmission rate drops below 4%.

— International flights will resume in Georgia starting February 1, Georgian Economy Minister Natia Turnava announced on January 22, stating that all airline companies that have already operated or plan to enter the country’s aviation market in the future will be able to operate regular flights.

Education

— School teachers who start teaching in person on February 1 will be tested for coronavirus by PCR before studies resume.

Vaccine

Georgia is planning to vaccinate 60 per cent of its adult population this year. The country is likely to receive Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines in the first quarter of 2021.

MOLDOVA

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Moldova 156,426 147,178 3,368

 

Cases of COVID-19

— The growth in coronavirus cases remained relatively stable during the past week. The average number of daily cases over a seven-day period now stands at 478, which is only slightly less compared to the same figure registered during the previous week.

— The total number of active cases also decreased over the past week and the proportion of active cases in the total number of registered cases stands at 3.8%. The number of patients with coronavirus treated in hospitals is 2,110, out of which 221 are in very serious condition.

— The share of health care workers in the total number of cases continued to stand at around 9%. Approximately 14,500 doctors, nurses, medical assistants and other staff from the health care sector have been infected with the virus since the beginning of the outbreak.

— In terms of geographical distribution, Chisinau, with 42% of all confirmed cases, remains the most affected area in the country if the number of cases is considered. With 12% of all confirmed cases, the Transnistria region follows in the list of most affected areas.

Measures to contain the epidemic

— A state of emergency in Moldova remains in force until February 15 2021. Outdoor activities in the parks are banned and elderly people are allowed to leave homes only to buy food or medicine. Additionally, night clubs, theaters, and cinemas have to remain closed after 22:00. The country barred entry to foreigners and banned mass events. Wearing protective masks in public spaces is compulsory.

Vaccine

— The Republic of Moldova will receive COVID-19 vaccine for 20% of the population, which will be provided free of charge through the COVAX platform. Additionally, another 50% of the population will be immunised with vaccine doses obtained through procurements and donations. Romania announced its intention to grant the Republic of Moldova 200 000 doses of vaccine free of charge.

Education

— The number of schoolchildren infected with coronavirus has increased in Moldova. Currently, there are 68 classes in quarantine.

UKRAINE

Location Confirmed Recovered Deaths
Ukraine 1,197,107 965,835 22,057

 

Measures to contain the epidemic

Even though the official number of new COVID-19 cases has been decreasing for five weeks in a row, the Government of Ukraine announced another lockdown after the Orthodox Christmas celebration on 7 January until 25 January 2021 in an attempt “to reduce the burden on the healthcare facilities.” Only businesses and shops selling “essential” goods and services were open to the public as long as they followed COVID-19-related recommendations (e.g., pharmacies, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, post offices, healthcare providers, etc.). Starting from 25 January, Ukraine has reintroduced the quarantine restrictions that were applied before the introduction of the lockdown.

— The COVID-19 restrictive measures are implemented in cities and raions within oblasts in accordance with their risk levels. The adaptive quarantine currently in place has been extended until 28 February 2021.

Vaccine

— Ukraine expects to receive 100,000 to 200,000 doses of vaccines from Pfizer under the COVAX scheme in February and vaccinate the first 367,000 people against the coronavirus in the first stage, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said on January 26.

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Interesting reads

— Radio Free Europe: COVID-19 Crackdowns, Expanded Authoritarianism, And The Post-Pandemic World read.

— Agenda.de: One year of Covid-19 in Georgia: what are the stats? read.

— Bloomberg: Vaccine Is Now a Weapon in Ukraine’s Conflict With Russia read.

— VOA: Country Doctor in Ukraine Faces Coronavirus Challenges read.

COVID-19 Solidarity Program for the Eastern Partnership. The call is relaunched for Moldova!

On 3rd of September 2020 AFEW International has launched the regional “COVID-19 Solidarity Program in the Eastern Partnership countries” with the financial support of the European Union and in partnership with People in Need and the Netherlands Helsinki Committee. This project aims to support community based organizations (CBOs) to respond to the immediate and longer term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Eastern Partnership countries.

In October AFEW International selected 8 proposals from 5 countries from the Eastern Partnership. Considering that in the 1st round, we have received insufficient number of applications from Moldova, we relaunch now the call for applications specifically for Moldova.

Eligibility criteria for the applicant

  • Applicant is a Community based organization (CBO) or represents the interests and needs of the following groups:
    • Sex workers
    • LGBTQI
    • Men who have sex with men (MSM)
    • Women vulnerable to HIV
    • Migrants
    • Adolescents and/or youth
    • People using drugs
    • People living with HIV (PLHIV)

Other target groups of the project are covered by the partner organizations.

  • Applicant is based in the Republic of Moldova.
  • Applicant is a registered CBO or – if not registered – provides references from partner organisations. COVID-19 Solidary Program for Eastern Partnership countries operational team shall be able to receive sufficient information about an applicant and can request information about applicant’s capacities from mentioned partners. An applicant can be a national or regional network. Proposals by individuals will not be taken into consideration for funding. Unregistered initiatives and groups if awarded a grant, need to find a reliable fiscal partner which can receive the  grant money through an international transfer.

How can CBOs apply

In order to apply, please follow these simple steps:

  • Fill out the application form. An application shall be submitted in English or Russian. The deadline for submitting the form is on 6 November 2020 at 17:00 CET (Amsterdam time). All proposals submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed!
  • Send this form to the following email address: covid19@AFEW.nl. Once submitted, you will receive an automated notification.
  • Wait for the decision of the Selection Commission regarding your application. The review of the applications will be done within 2 weeks after the deadline. The decisions will be announced on 20 November 2020.
  • If you have questions, please refer them to the above-mentioned email address or to Valeria Fulga: valeria_fulga@AFEW.nl.

More details about the call for applications  – here.

Application Form CoV-19 Solidarity Program – download.

Budget form download.

Bank details form download.

Helpful information about COVID-19. Continuously updated.

On this page you can find helpful information and verified resources about COVID-19.

The page is continuously updated

Resources:

UNAIDS

WHO – World Health Organization 

THE UNION – a global union to fight Tuberculosis

ASAM – American Society of Addiction Medicine

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

International Drug Policy Consortium

United Nations – Office on drugs and crimes

Life4me+ (a page with useful information)

World Hepatitis Alliance

IAS

Inter Agency Standing Committee

Johns Hopkins University 

IOM International (migrants)

 

The situation in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Kazakhstan

Ministry of Health

A map with regions

Ukraine

Ministry of Health of Ukraine

National Health Service of Ukraine

Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine

Kyrgyzstan

Official website on Coronavirus

Website of the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic

Republican Headquarters Telegram Channel to Prevent Coronavirus Infiltration

Republican Coronavirus Prevention Headquarters Facebook page

Republican Coronavirus Prevention Headquarters Instagram Page

Russia

Official website about Coronavirus

Moldova

A map with regions

Turkmenistan

Saglyk.org – credible public health information in the Turkmen language

 

Articles on topics:

Common info

Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak

Source – https://interagencystandingcommittee.org

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: When and how to use masks

Fighting the COVID Infodemic

Source – https://www.project-syndicate.org/

Source – WHO

COVID-19 and People Who Live with HIV

COVID-19 Drug Interactions .  Source – www.covid19-druginteractions.org

EATG Rapid Assessment COVID-19 crisis’ Impact on PLHIV and on Communities Most Affected by HIV. Source – EATG

PEPFAR Technical Guidance in Context of COVID-19 Pandemic. Source – PEPFAR

Risk assessment and contingency planning tool for health systems functions and to ensure continuity of TB and HIV services . SourceCenter For Health Policies and Studies

A statement “Flatten inequality: human rights in the age of COVID-19” 

SourceCanadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

No increased coronavirus risk for people with well-controlled HIV say WHO, but how will health systems cope?

Sourceaidsmap 

EATG Rapid Assessment COVID-19 crisis’ Impact on PLHIV and on Communities Most Affected by HIV

Source – European AIDS Treatment Group 

Q&A on COVID-19, HIV and antiretrovirals

Source – WHO

COVID-19 and People Living with HIV: Frequently Asked Questions

Source – HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), Prevention Access Campaign, and partners

Resources on COVID-19 Support, Advocacy, Gender and HIV

Source – The Well Project

Lessons from HIV prevention for preventing COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries

Source – UNAIDS

Condoms and lubricants in the time of COVID-19

Source – UNAIDS

The global impact of COVID-19 and strategies for mitigation and suppression

Source – Imperial College London, UK

The Potential Impact of the COVID-19 Epidemic on HIV, TB and Malaria in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Source – Imperial College London, UK


COVID-19 and prisons

The International Corrections and Prisons Association  

Preparedness, prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention.  Source – WHO

Interim Guidance. COVID-19: Focus on persons deprived of their liberty.

Source – IASC – Inter-Agency Standing Committee

Position Paper COVID-19 preparedness and responses in prisons

SourceUNODC

COVID-19 pandemic: urgent steps are needed to protect the rights of prisoners in Europe. Statement by Commissioner Dunja Mijatović.

SourceCouncil of Europe

 


COVID-19 and  People Who Use Drugs 

COVID-19 guidance for PWUD.  Source – www.harmreduction.org

Syringe Services and Harm Reduction Provider Operations During the COVID-19 Outbreak.

Source – www.harmreduction.org

How Harm Reducers Cope with the Covid-19 Pandemic in Europe?

Source – www.drogriporter.hu

Interim Guidance for COVID-19 and Persons with HIV. Source – www.aidsinfo.nih.gov

Information on the new virus, guidance for people living with HIV and answers to frequently asked questions from Dr Michael Brady

Source – www.tht.org.uk

Guidance for People Who Use Substances on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Sourcewww.inpud.net

Suggestions about treatment, care and rehabilitation of people with drug use disorder in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

SourceUNODC

COVID-19 HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for people who use drugs

SourceUNODC

Reducing the Harms of a Broken System: Social Justice Demands During COVID-19

Sourcedrogriporter.hu

Statement by the UN expert on the right to health on the protection of people who use drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sourceharmreductioneurasia.org

Harm Reduction Responses to COVID-19 in Europe

Source – drogriporter.hu


COVID-19 and Tuberculosis

COVID-19 Coronavirus And Tuberculosis: We Need A Damage Control Plan. Source – www.forbes.com.

New diseases and old threats: lessons from tuberculosis for the COVID-19 response.

Source – www.theunion.org.

WHO HQ Information note on TB and COVID 19

Source – WHO


COVID-19 and Hepatitis 

CLINICAL INSIGHTS FOR HEPATOLOGY AND LIVER TRANSPLANT PROVIDERS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Source – AASLD – American Association for the study of Liver Diseases 

WHO HQ Q&A on COVID 19, HIV and antiretrovirals

Source – WHO


COVID-19 and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

The COVID-19 Outbreak: Potential Fallout for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

Source – www.guttmacher.org


COVID-19 and youth

Youth guide

Source – www.dance4life.com


COVID-19 and SRHR 

SRHR and Gender

Source – Share-net International


COVID-19 and Sex workers

Sex workers’ response


COVID-19 and LGBT

What gay men can teach us about surviving the coronavirus

Source – www.theguardian.com


Reports from AIDS2020 

COVID-19 AND HIV: A TALE OF TWO PANDEMICS

Source – IAS


Other topics

How civil society helps to overcome COVID-19 pandemic effects in Ukraine

Source – https://euukrainecoop.com/

COVID-19 and prison health

On this page you can find helpful information and verified resources about COVID-19 and prison health.

The page is continuously updated

The International Corrections and Prisons Association (a verified resource)  

Worldwide Prison Health Research & Engagement Network (WEPHREN) (a verified resource)

Preparedness, prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention. 

Source – WHO

Interim Guidance. COVID-19: Focus on persons deprived of their liberty.

Source – IASC – Inter-Agency Standing Committee

Position Paper COVID-19 preparedness and responses in prisons

SourceUNODC

COVID-19 pandemic: urgent steps are needed to protect the rights of prisoners in Europe. Statement by Commissioner Dunja Mijatović

SourceCouncil of Europe

Statement of principles relating to the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty

SourceCouncil of Europe

Coronavirus: Healthcare and human rights of people in prison

SourcePenal Reform International

Appeal by European NGOs involved in the field of prison health and in the defence of the right to health protection for prisoners

COVID-19 in prison: the Council of Europe must lead on policies to address the Covid-19 challenges

SourceCouncil of Europe

COVID-19: Council of Europe anti-torture Committee issues “Statement of principles relating to the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty”

SourceCouncil of Europe

COVID-19 population management strategy for prisons

Source – www.gov.uk

UNODC, WHO, UNAIDS and OHCHR joint statement on COVID-19 in prisons and other closed settings

Source – UNAIDS

PRI educational posters for criminal justice practitioners to reduce the spread of COVID-19

Source:  penalreform.org

Understanding COVID-19 in secure settings 

Infection prevention and control and surveillance for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in prisons in EU/EEA countries and the UK

COVID-19, Prisons and Drug Policy: Global Scan March-June 2020 

Source – https://www.hri.global/

ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH CARE IN PRISON

Source – Council of Europe

 

EU launches the Call for Proposals “EU Solidarity with Russian Civil Society”

The European Union Delegation to Russia published the Call for Proposals “EU Solidarity with Russian Civil Society – Protecting vulnerable groups and disproportionately affected by COVID-19” with an overall budget of € 6 million.

The objective of this call is to enable Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to function without interruptions at a time when their usual funding mechanisms are curtailed by the worsened economic situation, while ensuring continued and enhanced provision of services to the most vulnerable groups and those disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

COVID-19 is a worldwide public health emergency severely affecting citizens, societies and economies. The numbers of infections and confirmed cases worldwide is growing and socio-economic shocks are negatively affecting people’s incomes, physical and mental wellbeing, and the social integrity of communities as a whole. COVID-19 outbreak is adding pressure on the social service delivery systems, and exacerbating the vulnerabilities of affected populations, especially those who are in most need. 

Support through experienced CSOs is essential to ensure that these socio-economic impacts on vulnerable groups are mitigated. Yet, many CSOs are also severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis and the conduct of their important activities as well as their organisational survival is put at a high risk as donations drop.

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the minimum of € 400 000 and maximum of € 600 000 amounts. The maximum percentage of the EU grant must fall under 90 % of the total eligible costs of the action. Nevertheless, the grant may cover the entire eligible costs of the action if this is deemed essential to carry it out, subject to the justification of full financing by the applicant (Ref. to article 1.3 of the Guidelines for applicants).

If the applicant is from the Russian Federation, it may act individually. If the Applicant is not from the Russian Federation, presence of at least one Russian co-applicant is obligatory.

The deadline for submission of Concept Notes is Monday, June 29, 2020.

More information for CSOs to apply for project funding is available at EuropeAid/168597/DH/ACT/RU . To apply to this call for proposals organisations must register in PADOR and submit their application in PROSPECT.  

Clarification requests and questions may be sent by e-mail no later than June 08, 2020 to the following e-mail address, indicating clearly the reference of the Call for proposals: 

NEAR-TENDER-168597@ec.europa.eu