For the first time in Estonia, in Jõhvi, a unique and, so far, the only Estonian Community Center, created by the Estonian Consortium of Communities Affected by HIV (the Estonian Network of People Living with HIV (EHPV), the Association of the Russian-speaking LGBT People of Estonia (VEK LGBT), and the Estonian Association of People Using Psychotropic Substances LUNEST) in the framework of projects supported by the National Institute for Health Development (TAI) is being opened.
The Center will be officially opened on an Open Doors Day, which will be held in early May.
The main goal of the Community Center is to provide necessary services to representatives of PLWH (people living with HIV), PUD (people who use drugs) and the LGBT communities by the representatives of these communities themselves.
The Center will also be managed by community representatives.
The Estonian Consortium of Communities Affected by HIV hopes that the emergence of such a Center will actually improve the lives of specific people and the overall situation in a society where the level of stigma and discrimination towards PLWH, PUD and the LGBT people remains at a high level.
The activities of the Community Center are based on the fundamental principles of equality and freedom, where the main vectors of activities are the protection of the rights of community representatives, advocacy of their interests and needs, and development of services by community forces with an emphasis on prevention, treatment and support.
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