Position paper about the Badge of Honor “EHPV”

 

Badge of Honor “EHPV” hereinafter “Badge of Honor” – the highest public award of Estonian Network of PLHIV workers and volunteers, established by MTÜ EHPV.

  1. The Honorary Badge is awarded to employees and volunteers, organizations, enterprises and institutions for merits in the field of prevention, treatment, support of PLHIV and a great contribution to the development of comprehensive services in the field of socially significant diseases, personnel training, scientific and other activities aimed at increasing efficiency of communities.

  2. Employees, volunteers, organizations, enterprises and institutions are awarded by a table plaque with the Badge of Honor.

  3. The motto of the EHPV Badge of Honor is “We care about the people of Estonia”.

  4. The decision to award by the Badge of Honor is made by the EHPV Board.

  5. The Badge of Honor and the Certificate of the Badge of Honor are presented to those awarded in a solemn atmosphere.

  6. The Badge of Honor is worn on the right side of the chest.

  7. Re-awarding of the Badge of Honor is not performed.

  8. Financing of the costs of manufacturing, accounting, storage and issuance of the Badge of Honor is carried out by EHPV.

  9. A sketch of the Badge of Honor “EHPV” is attached to the Position paper.

  10. This Position paper comes into force from the moment of its approval and its publication in the mass media.

  11. The exclusive right to develop and replicate the EHPV Badge of Honor belongs to the Estonian Network of PLHIV EHPV and to the author – o. Brosh.estonia.

  12. Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Network of PLHIV is Lachin Aliyev.

World TB Day

The TB community stands in solidarity with the people affected by COVID-19. This World TB Day we support the fight against the new pandemic, share our lessons, experiences and tools so that united we can defeat it. We want to remind global leaders the urgency to invest in better and more resilient health systems, today more than ever we realise the need to end endemics like TB or COVID-19.
See below some social media messages that you can help amplify and bring attention to the fight to end infectious diseases like TB and COVID-19.
To #FightCOVID19, we can use the tools needed to #EndTB: infection control, artificial intelligence, x-rays, contact tracing, telemedicine and psycho-social support.
We at @StopTB call on global leaders to join forces to protect people affected by TB and especially vulnerable populations from #COVID19. It’s time to ensure we #LeaveNooneBehind.
Years of under-investment made #tuberculosis and its drug resistant forms the biggest infectious disease killer with over 4000 deaths per day. We can’t afford to repeat these mistakes and be unprepared for pandemics like #COVID19.
Most TB survivors have gone through the isolation, fear, discrimination and stigma that we are facing with #COVID19. Let’s hear their voices and learn resilience from them. #ItsTimeToEndTB
Healthcare workers are at the center of the fight against diseases such as #tuberculosis or #COVID19. We at @StopTB applaud their efforts and call on the TB community to show their support! #ItsTimeToEndTB
It’s time to recognize that people with #TB are vulnerable to #COVID19, including prisoners, migrants, people living with #HIV, those who are malnourished, living in poverty & others, and ensure access to TB diagnostics, treatment, care and support.

Aitäh Eesti Meedikud – Cпасибо Доктор – Thanks Medics Estonia

Inimesed ei unusta Teie kangelastegusid!
Aitäh kõigile Eesti meditsiinitöötajatele töö eest, mis ei ole kerge.
Tervist ja kannatust, pidage vastu. #aitäheestimeedikud

Sellel leheküljel saab igaüks kirjutada toetamaks meie meedikuid, kes – riskides eludega – aitavad meid igapäevaselt võitluses koroonaviirusega.

Мы уже не помним, кто начал эту добрую традицию, выражать свою благодарность и поддержку врачам, докторам, тем, кто спасает наши жизни ❤️
@Eesti HIV – positiivsete vōrgustik говорит Вам СПАСИБО за Ваш труд и поздравляет с праздниками.
Доброго здоровья!

You are our heroes!

We are grateful to all Estonian medical workers for your hard work. We wish you patience, health and more power to combat the virus.On this page, everyone can write words of support for doctors, who are risking their lives in the fight against coronavirus every day.

 

 

 

 

World AIDS Day

 

We are all going through difficult times

2020 will remain in everyone’s memory for a long time. Starting with a child, who spent a long time in front of the screen, listening to the history teacher through Zoom, how the world works, and ending with an old lady, whom we will not see for a long time, walking in the park with her dog. History shows that viruses have always been and very often have a detrimental effect on humanity, but it also demonstrates the shortcomings and gaps of our society.

COVID-19 and HIV infection are two different diseases, but their consequences affect everyone in the same way. But despite all this and the experience gained during the HIV pandemic, unfortunately, is neglected and sometimes by everyone. Our community has learned to live with viruses, now everybody have to learn the basic things, such as respect for the health of others, respect for human rights, regardless of gender, age, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social status, etc. But one thing is clear from all this, that only active involvement of the people in the fight against the virus and their consequences will save humanity as a whole.

December 1 – World AIDS Day was first proclaimed by WHO since 1988 and since that time we have achieved a lot, but the most important thing is that modern medicine have already allowed HIV infection to move from the category of fatal to the category of chronic diseases. By starting antiretroviral therapy on time and following all the doctor’s prescriptions, people living with HIV can live long and full lives. There is no cure for AIDS, but it is possible to slow down its development. Since there is access to antiretroviral therapy in Estonia, HIV / AIDS must be viewed as a disease and not as a death sentence.

When we realize the magnitude of the impact of viruses on our lives, we will strive to minimize the risk of contracting them. But for this there is still a lot to do. First, we need an open dialogue, where we can find the right solution. Secondly, investments are needed, and not small ones, which will facilitate the fate of every Estonian.

On World AIDS Day, we want to remind once again that the human right to health is a basic right of each of us. And no one has the right to deprive us of it! We wish, more than ever before, to mobilize all our efforts to eradicate stigma and discrimination, violations of human rights and to bring a clear understanding that we are all vulnerable.

We hope that the COVID-19 pandemic, since the HIV epidemic did not quite cope with this in its time, will change the attitude in general to any problems in society associated with viruses. It is very important to support those who are trying to confront these problems, regardless of the situation, age, gender, etc.

To increase public awareness of the real HIV situation, to destroy myths and stereotypes surrounding HIV, and to support acceptance and create a favorable environment for PLHIV, the Estonian Network of PLHIV produced a film featuring Tatiana Kosmynina: “I am positive. HIV positive 2020. “, which reflects our life.

Involvement of famous people, whose tolerant attitude and attention to HIV and AIDS can be an example and influence social norms and behavior. Celebrities have a significant impact not only by drawing attention to issues related to stigma and discrimination in the context of HIV, but also shaping public attitudes towards People Living with HIV.

Join us on December 1st to show your support in the fight against viruses and to honor the people who have died from AIDS and COVID-19.

1. Light a memorial candle on the terrace, balcony, garden or wherever it suits you

2. Remember and pray for relatives, friends, acquaintances who died from AIDS or COVID-19

3. Share your memory and photo with us on social networks and do not forget to tag us with #ehpv or @ EHPV – Eesti HIV-positiivsete võrgustik

TALLINN

December 1, 2020
Lighting candles in the form of a ribbon of tolerance and in memory of people who died of AIDS
Time and place: 15:00, in front of the Superministry building, Suur-Ameerika 1

NARVA

December 1, 2020
Lighting candles in the form of a ribbon of tolerance and in memory of people who died of AIDS
Time and place: 12:00, Petrovskaya square

Johvi

December 1, 2020
Lighting candles in the form of a ribbon of tolerance and in memory of people who died of AIDS
Time and place: 12:00, Central Square

Events supporters:
ECOM – Eurasian Coalition for Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity www.ecom.ngo
National Institute for Health Development. www.tai.ee
Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) www.harmreductioneurasia.org

Info:
+372 5870 6070 in Russian
+3725100504 in Estonian
+37257816023 in English
ehpv@ehpv.ee

Chase stigma, not people!

Estonian Network of PLHIV.

Dear friends and colleagues

Dear friends and colleagues,

World AIDS Day events will be conducted! We are currently monitoring and following the government’s guidance on Covid-19. Due to restrictive measures, the main events will be held online, but the opportunity to take part in street actions will be presented on our official website and on our social networks.

Stay safe! Keep distance!

“Protection through Mobility: An Emergency Response to Hostility”

From July 2020 the Estonian Network of People Living with HIV (EHPV) is implementing their first Eastern Europe and Central Asia region project- “Protection through Mobility: An Emergency Response to Hostility”. The project goal is to create protection mechanisms and ensure access to healthcare services according to the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health for MSM and trans people, including those HIV+, who experienced SOGI-based state-sponsored prosecutions in the Caucasus region of Russia, as well as Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Erika! You are the great mind behind the project. Please, tell us how the project idea emerged and why it is important for you?

Back in early 2019, during the second wave of prosecutions of gay man in Chechnya, my colleagues and I started brainstorming on what could we do on this matter, how can we be helpful. Unfortunately, it turned out that planned development programmes aiming to improve the well-being of LGBTQ communities in the EECA region could not fit in rather costly unplanned activities to provide sufficient support to those in need of emergency assistance in potentially life-threatening environments. This put me think that an emergency-oriented project is needed, in order to be able to contribute to the safety and security of LBGTQ people in the region in a meaningful and timely manner.

Having worked in/with all Central Asian countries on different social matters, including LGBTQ-specific issues, I was aware that despite rather unfavourable legal and social environments for the communities in most of the Republics, like exposure to stigma and state-sponsored discrimination, as well as a lack of legal protection mechanisms, the two countries with the most difficult situation are Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The criteria is simple: Turkmen and Uzbek governments and legal systems still consider homosexuality to be a crime leading to imprisonment as a punishment.

Therefore, with help of my colleagues, I decided to create a project that would enable the project team to provide an emergency response to hostility for those LGBTQ people residing in particularly high-risk environments. In order to make this concept more nuanced and work not only towards the safety of individuals experiencing hostility already, but also to contribute to improvements of the environments in focus, an advocacy part was introduced. By carries out the planned advocacy activities, we, the project team, plan to move forward with decriminalising homosexuality in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well us to showcase the situation in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, and in particular in Chechnya, to the international community which can later pressure respective governments to create more inclusive legislations.

Karolin, you are the project coordinator. Please, tell us how the project goals will be achieved and why you are part of this project team?

The project goal will be achieved by unveiling and spreading information on lawful migration channels from a beneficiary’s country of residence (Russia, Turkmenistan, or Uzbekistan) to Estonia by advocating for granting entry visas to Estonia on humanitarian grounds. Respective cases of human rights violations would be documented upon arrival and applied in advocacy for improving legal and factual environments in respective countries by submitting alternative reports to UN treaty bodies. Access to HIV and other healthcare services for displaced MSM and trans people would be improved by creating a clear and state-approved procedure for gaining access to antiretroviral therapy in Estonia for newly arrived MSM and trans people.

The question: “Why am I part of the project team?” has quite a simple answer. Because I want to work with a topic close to my heart. My professional interest is primarily the topic of refugees. In the summer of 2019, I graduated Tal Tech master’s degree in International Relations and European-Asian Studies Cum Laude, where my master’s thesis studied the possibility of granting legal refugee status to persons forcibly displaced by climate change under the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. I have worked with immigrants and refugees in Estonia at the Harku Detention Center as a recreation specialist, in the media team at the Yaffa cultural centre in Balata Refugee Camp in Palestine, as a training coordinator at the NGO Johannes Mihkelson Center in the project „Meie Eesti: inimesed, kohad, helid, maitsed“ and at the moment I work as a project coordinator in NGO Tartu International House project „Uued lapsed koolis: uussisserändajatega seotud väljakutsed Eesti koolides ja kohanemise toetamine“. I have been supporting the integration process of immigrants in Estonia for several years. However, I am interested not only on supporting the integration process of immigrants in Estonia but to focus on the legal bases and procedures for granting refugee status in Estonia and to stand up for equal rights and fair treatment for everyone. This project allows me to do just that.

Yuri, you are working in this project as an advocacy advisor in the human rights field. Please, tell us why this project is important and why you decided to support it with your expertise?

For over three years I have been working at ECOM – Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity as Human Rights and Legal Issues Coordinator. Together with the team I work every day to create enabling legal and social environment conducive of the right to health in EECA, where every and each gay men or trans* persons can fully enjoy their rights and freedoms. Unfortunately, countries like Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Russian Federation are the toughest to work with, and we need to put double- or even triple efforts compared to other countries, if we want to achieve some feasible results related to positive legislative changes there.
My experience shows that international advocacy remains one of the most powerful source of those changes in project countries, therefore, I’ve decided to join the team and advice on how to use such instruments as UPR (Universal Periodic Review) and UN Treaty Bodies to strengthen the already powerful interventions of “Protection through Mobility” project team. At the end of the day, we are all working to achieve the same goal – to make this world a better place to those who identify as LGBTQI. Therefore, I am in.

The first HIV case in Estonia was diagnosed in 1988, and by December 31st, 2019 a total of 10,079 HIV cases have been reported1. Men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people have been identified as the groups most at risk of HIV infection by the WHO2. 2018 HIV surveillance data from EU/EEA countries indicates that sex between men accounted for the largest proportion of all new HIV diagnoses in 2018 – 40%3. It is estimated that there are up to 9,000 homo- and bisexual men in Estonia4. Sexual risk behaviors are common, for example half of the MSM do not use condoms consistently in casual relationships, and this has not changed in 7 the last 10 years5. HIV prevalence among MSM is estimated to be 2–4% and it has been stable in the last years6.

EHPV is an organization promoting communities living with HIV. Their goal is to increase via effective partnership and active advocacy efforts the influence of the PLHIV community on improving access to timely, comprehensive and quality treatment, care and support for adults and children living with HIV in EECA countries.

Welcome!

From July 2020 Karolin Kruuse (Project Coordinator), Erika Tšerkašina (Advocacy Coordinator) and Yuri Yoursky (Advocacy Advisor) joined EHPV to implement the project “Protection through Mobility: An Emergency Response to Hostility”. The project aims to create protection mechanisms and ensure access to healthcare services according to the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health for MSM and trans people, including those HIV+, who experienced SOGI-based state-sponsored prosecutions in the Caucasus region of Russia, as well as Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The aim is to be achieved by unveiling and spreading information on lawful migration channels from a beneficiary’s country of residence (Russia, Turkmenistan, or Uzbekistan) to Estonia by advocating for granting entry visas to Estonia on humanitarian grounds. Respective cases of human rights violations would be documented upon arrival and applied in advocacy for improving legal and factual environments in respective countries by submitting alternative reports to UN treaty bodies. Access to HIV and other healthcare services for displaced MSM and trans people would be improved by creating a clear and state-approved procedure for gaining access to antiretroviral therapy in Estonia for newly arrived MSM and trans people.

Karolin’s professional interest is primarily the topic of refugees. In the summer of 2019, she graduated Tal Tech master’s degree in International Relations and European-Asian Studies Cum Laude, where her master’s thesis studied the possibility of granting legal refugee status to persons forcibly displaced by climate change under the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. She has worked with immigrants and refugees in Estonia at the Harku Detention Center as a recreation specialist, in the media team at the Yaffa cultural centre in Balata Refugee Camp in Palestine, as a training coordinator at the NGO Johannes Mihkelson Center in the project „Meie Eesti: inimesed, kohad, helid, maitsed“ and at the moment she works as a project coordinator in NGO Tartu International House project „Uued lapsed koolis: uussisserändajatega seotud väljakutsed Eesti koolides ja kohanemise toetamine“. In the framework of the “Protection through Mobility” project, Karolin aims to focus not only on supporting the integration process of immigrants in Estonia but to focus on the legal bases and procedures for granting refugee status in Estonia and to stand up for the equal rights and fair treatment for everyone.

Erika is an experienced human rights professional currently engaged in human rights monitoring and analysis in diverse environments; from conflict-affected zones to countries lacking an anti-discrimination legislation, focusing on gender- and SOGI-based discrimination. She has worked with LGBTQ community mobilisation and contributed to local and international advocacy over the course of over 3 years. Erika holds an MSc degree In Global Development from the University of Copenhagen and regularly engages in research of migration and gender issues in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

 

 

As advocacy advisor in human rights field with a considerable background both in academics and in the field. Yuri is an expert on meaningful engagement with UN Human Rights Bodies, certified trainer on combatting SOGI-based stigma and discrimination. He holds Master’s in International Relations and European Asian Studies. Since 2017 occupies the position of Human Rights and Legal Issues Coordinator at ECOM – Eurasian Coalition on Heath, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity, where he closely works with communities of gay men in Russia, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.1

 

 

 

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Find The Missing Millions

Ülemaailmne hepatiidipäev – Всемирный день борьбы с гепатитом – World hepatitis day

Kogu maailmas on 290 miljonit inimest enda teadmata nakatunud viirushepatiiti. Kuni diagnoosimata inimesi ei leita ja neid raviteenustele ei suunata, jätkuvad miljonite inimeste kannatused ja kaotsi lähevad miljonid elud. 28. juulil, ülemaailmsel hepatiidipäeval kutsume inimesi kogu maailmas üles astuma samme ja tõstma teadlikkust selle nimel, et leida üles nood “kadumaläinud miljonid”.

Worldwide, 290 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost. On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, we call on people from across the world to take action and raise awareness to find the “missing millions”.