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COVID-19 in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: HIV organisations have set up handwashing points, continued distributing of harm reduction materials and negotiated longer prescriptions for HIV treatment and substitution drugs. Learn more in this recorded LIVE discussion organised by the Ukrainian Alliance for Public Health and the SoS project team.

On 5 Mai 2020 a special LIVE discussion was held on opportunities to improve the sustainability of national HIV programs that have emerged in connection with COVID-19.

The discussion focussed on following topics:

1. Access to HIV medicines and diagnostics,
2. HIV services for key populations,
3. Drug policy,
4. Strengthening of the national health systems.

“We invited international experts and created the agenda that would be of interest to the coordinators and leaders of civil society health organizations, as well as the public sector”, the organisers said.

Broadcast speakers:

1. Fifa Rahman (Malaysia/UK), LLB(Hons), MHL (Health Law) (Sydney), PhD Candidate, International Trade/Intellectual Property Law, University of Leeds, Board Member for NGOs, Unitaid
Topic: Simplification of access to medicines and diagnostics

2. Anton Basenko (Ukraine), expert on drug policy, community, gender and human rights, Alliance for Public Health
Topic: Simplification of services provision models for vulnerable groups in the region – which of the improved practices should be maintained after COVID-19

3. Niamh Eastwood (UK), Executive Director of the Release – the British center of expertise on drugs and drugs law
Topic: Decriminalization of drug use for personal purposes and amnesty for the convicts

4. Volodymyr Kurpita (Ukraine), expert on public health and HIV/AIDS
Topic: Changes to be made in the healthcare system: COVID19 lessons for HIV sustainability

Moderator: Andriy Klepikov, Executive Director of the Alliance for Public Health, Global Fund To Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria Member of the Board form the Developing Countries NGO Delegation.

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