Call to Action from the UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation and international civil society and community organizations on the war in Ukraine and its impacts on people living with HIV and key populations

The NGO delegation to the UNAIDS PCB has released a joint statement:
Call to Action from the UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation and international civil society and community organizations on the war in Ukraine and its impacts on people living with HIV and key populations

Excerpt: “On February 24, the Russian Federation started an unprovoked war against Ukraine. Since then, the whole world has borne witness to the humanitarian catastrophe that has followed this invasion. Russian aggression has led to thousands of civilian casualties, while an estimated 18 million people are affected by the conflict, and the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance has increased to 12 million.

People living with HIV and key populations have common humanitarian needs, but also face additional complications and challenges. According to the latest UNAIDS estimates, 258,000 people are living with HIV in Ukraine, equivalent to approximately 1% of the population. Population size estimates suggest that there are 366,000 people who use drugs in the country, with more than 20,000 of them receiving opioid agonist therapy (OAT), along with 86,000 sex workers and 179,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people1. These populations will all be represented both among refugees fleeing Ukraine and those who remain behind, which means that access to antiretroviral treatment, to HIV prevention and to harm reduction will be needed by refugee populations and by people still inside Ukraine.” Read statement and sign

 

PAN encourages organizations to sign-on to stand in solidarity with people living with HIV/AIDS, members of key priority population groups, and the organizations supporting the humanitarian efforts on the ground.

Read statement and add your organization