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Ukraine Project Wins Lottery Funding

12 January 2008

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The Elton John AIDS Foundation in conjunction with its project partners – Romanian Angel Appeal (RAA), the All-Ukrainian Newtork (Network) PLWH and the Elena Franchuk AntiAIDS Foundation, is please to announce the launch of new 5 year project to “Improve the live of HIV+ families & children in Ukraine”.  The project is partly funded by the UK Big Lottery Fund, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Elena Franchuk AntiAIDS Foundation (in Ukraine).

The project will resource 11 of the Network’s Community Centres across Ukraine with the staff, training and tools to identify children affected or infected with HIV/AIDS both in the community and within institutions.  A multi disciplinary team at each Centre will work with individual children and their families to restore their access to quality healthcare and education, psychological and emotional support thus preventing break-up of family.

The team will also identify suitable foster and adoptive parents for HIV+ children living in institutions and support adults and children through the fostering and adoptive process.  This latter will be led by the Elena Franchuk AntiAIDS Foundation.

The programme will also develop training curricula and a manual relating to HIV/AIDS and children, for use at state teacher training academies, to ensure that 3,000 teachers of kindergartens and schools provide a non-discriminatory environment for the four million children they will reach.

As HIV+ children grow older, the programme will lead them and their families through a unique staged disclosure process to ensure they manage their illness into adulthood.  This part of the programme will be led by the Romanian Angel Appeal.

Anne Aslett, International Development Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation said:

“The programme is designed to complement the Ukrainian government’s national HIV/AIDS strategies.  Its structure integrates with key government ministries – Health, & Social Services – in anticipation that it can both inform national service provision and ultimately be subsumed by it, ensuring long term sustainability and models of good practice in the care of HIV infected and affected children into the future. 

Children currently infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Ukraine predominantly come from lower socio economic backgrounds where drug use and commercial sex work are prevalent.  They lack access to quality healthcare and education, psychological and emotional support and even basic needs in some instances.  There are currently no systems to support disclosure of a parent or child’s HIV status to the child, nor models of support for HIV+ adolescents. 

The stigma associated with HIV exposes children to discrimination and rejection (10% of children born to HIV+ mothers are abandoned to state institutions). These children are at risk of impeded access to quality education, health care, and even basic needs, which in turn puts them at higher risk for unemployment, diseases, and poverty in later life, or living as street children, estimates of which range from 60,000 to 300,000.  Without adequate social assistance from the government and society at large for these children, a vicious cycle result

This project will have a significant positive impact on directly improving the lives of at least 2500 children, and up to 45,000 extended family members & carers.”

Statistics on Children & Families in Ukraine

March, 2007, (although the true figure is up to four times higher) with a cumulative total of 16,849 children delivered to HIV+ mothers – with 6,278 living with HIV/AIDS as at June 30th 2006. In addition, 75,520 ‘HIV affected’ children are living with an HIV+ parent.  The number of both HIV infected and affected children are predicted to rise dramatically, with estimates by 2014 of up to 104,000 HIV infected children and 42,000 dual orphans due to AIDS-related deaths of both parents , with 105,000-160,000 losing at least one parent.

Children currently infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Ukraine predominantly come from lower socio economic backgrounds where drug use and commercial sex work are prevalent.  They lack access to quality healthcare and education, psychological and emotional support and even basic needs in some instances.  There are currently no systems to support disclosure of a parent or child’s HIV status to the child, nor models of support for HIV+ adolescents.

 

Research conduted in May 2007 on HIV+ mothers presenting at childbirth in hospital have the social and demographic characteristics of HIV-positive mothers:

 

  • 58% of HIV+ mothers with children do not have husbands;
  • only 8% of HIV+ mothers have higher education;
  • 91% HIV+ mothers do not work and their incomes comes out of social benefits, or support from husband/partner, parents;
  • 81% of mothers do not have their own dwelling and live with their parents, husband or partner;
  • 30% of HIV+ women with children have been arrested by the police at least once;
  • 16% have had a suspended sentence or have served a sentence;
  • 14% of the women have provided paid sexual services at least once;
  • 43% of HIV+ women have experience of using drugs (both injecting and non-injecting).

 

For further information:

 

Elton John AIDS Foundation

1 Blythe Road

LONDON   W14 0HG

+44 (0) 207 603 9996

www.ejaf.com

 

Elena Franchuk AntiAIDS Foundation

 

Romanian Angel Appeal

Romanian Angel Appeal Foundation is the Principal Recipient of the two grants (HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis) approved for funding by the Global Fund within the 6th call for proposals.

Romanian Angel Appeal Foundation was set up in 1991 by the Beatles members' wives and Elton John under the mission of helping the abandoned children from the Romanian institutions including the HIV/AIDS ones. Subsequently, RAA succeeded to attract an important number of partners and supporters, among whom Foundation Franco Moschino from Italy which became the strategic partner of RAA during the past ten years.

Each of the Romanian Angel Appeal Foundation's 16 years of activity represented a reference in the interventions for improving the quality of the HIV/AIDS patients' care and limiting the disease. An evidence for this is given by the over 100.000 beneficiaries from 23 counties where RAA developed and improved prevention, treatment and psycho-social support programs.

As it was always preoccupied by the services provided, RAA was the first non-governmental organization that implemented and certified the ISO 9001:2001 quality management system. This accreditation adds value to the professionalism that the Foundation proved to the beneficiaries and partners.

As a member of the National Commission for HIV/AIDS Surveillance and Control and of the National Committee for Coordination of the Global Fund for fight against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, RAA encouraged and concluded sustainable partnerships with both governmental institutions and civil society representatives based on cooperation, transparency and professionalism. In the same time RAA actively fights for non-discrimination and social exclusion and is one of the promoters of the multidisciplinary assistance for persons affected by chronic diseases having a discrimination and social exclusion risk.

Find more about Foundation Romanian Angel Appeal on www.raa.ro

 

All-Ukrainian Network PLWH

The All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS is dedicated to fighting HIV epidemic in Ukraine, regionally and internationally. The priorities of the All-Ukrainian Network are: support of the initiatives of public organizations aimed at improving the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS through provision of psychological, social, consultative, legal support and advocating the access to medications and diagnostics for PLWH in Ukraine.

The All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH is the winner of the international community level "Red Ribbon Award" which is given for achievements in overcoming HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Network was recognized as the best organization in overcoming stigma and discrimination towards HIV-positive people.

The All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH Network is also the subject of a UNAIDS Best Practice Guide “Nongovernmental Organization’s National
Response to HIV: the Work of the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV”.

The All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH is the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund AIDS TB and Malaria in Round 6th call for proposals.

Find more about All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH: www.network.org.ua

Call Oxana Bryzhovata on +380 44 467 76 85