On the 3rd of June in assembly hall of consultative and diagnostic center Shevchenko district of Kyiv (Saksaganskogo Str., 100) held a roundtable with representatives the medical community of Shevchenko district, the local Department of Healthcare, social welfare services and NGO`s activists. The event was dedicated to organization of cooperation in order to overcome of stigma and discrimination regarding vulnerable communities IDUs, sex workers and MSM at the medical field and thereby improving access the representatives of key populations to health services.
It’s no secret that medical staff of primary and secondary level are prejudiced relating to vulnerable to HIV groups (IDUs, MSM, sex workers, etc.) and people living with HIV, and to there is a lot of cases, because they often don`t want to apply to medical Institutions by using, fearing of discrimination from the side of physicians and other medical personnel. Is therefore very important, especially in conditions of health care reform and decentralization, “reach out” to each health worker and tell him all features of work with vulnerable groups.
The event was organized by the Public Organization “Club Eney” in cooperation with NGO “Gay-alliance” under within the program “European choice – medical services without stigma and discrimination” on Obolon, Podil and Shevchenko districts of Kyiv, with financial support of USAID project «HIV reform in action”.
The project aims at implementing of information campaign to combat with stigma and discrimination among medical staff concerning vulnerable groups such as injecting drug users (IDUs), sex workers, MSM (men who have sex with men), PLWH (people living with HIV) to obtain access to health and social services at the district level. Within the project is planning to conduct free study on territory the district of health workers, conducting of informational activities in the premises of cultural institutions, forming the base of prepared friendly physicians who are working without stigma and discrimination with vulnerable groups.