The Estonian network of people living with HIV calls for special attention to risk groups
On the World AIDS Day the Estonian Network of People Living with HIV (EHPV) with its strategic partners from the Community Consortium (LUNEST, VEKLGBT), jointly implemented activities all over the country and called to join global initiatives on HIV and the UNAIDS campaign, told the representative of the the Network to Life4Me+.
The Estonian Network of PLWH has implemented activities in the cities most affected by HIV (Tallinn, Narva and Jõhvi) to unite communities, NGOs, government agencies, municipalities, health professionals, business people, celebrities and young people. The activists lit candles of tolerance and distributed red ribbons.
The Estonian PLHIV network published an appeal to representatives of state and local government institutions: "Appreciating the significant achievements of Estonia, we are still concerned about by lack of access to HIV services for key population groups. There is an urgent need to expand and stabilize investment in the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It is necessary to expand the social order opportunities for the HIV-affected communities to request services for key population groups from the state institutions and NGOs. This cooperation should be further developed and deepened. "
The representative of the Estonian Network of PLWH, Lachin Aliyev, says that the Estonian community of people affected by the HIV epidemic has developed an action plan: "Now it is necessary to demand from state leaders who make strategic decisions to keep the promises they made. It is necessary to raise public awareness and involvement in the HIV/AIDS issues. It is necessary to unite the communities affected by the HIV epidemic. And, of course, it is necessary to pay special attention to human rights, which are the key to overcoming the HIV epidemic. "