Development of the “Association country network of PLHIV” has allowed us to people living with HIV to take a leading position in the decision-making process, to improve access and quality of services and provided to people living with HIV”.
September 2016. Association of legal entities “Country Network of People Living with HIV” was established in the Kyrgyz Republic in 2011. Its founders were 6 non-governmental organizations: “Ulukman Daryger” – Issyk-Kul region, NGO “Antistigma” – Chui region, “Healthy Generation” – Jalalabad city, “Crane Creek” – Osh city, the “Terra Sana” – Bishkek city, “Araket Plus” – Bishkek city.
The history of the Country Network began in 2007. In that year, by people living with HIV, was founded community-based organization «Terra Sana». A little later, in the framework of a regional project, the employees of the organization and six PLHIV organizations from five regions of the Kyrgyz Republic decided to create the Association. Further activities of the association covered not only the provision of direct services for the community representat5ives, but also in the segment of advocacy to improve access, quality of services and treatment of people living with HIV.
Today, the mission of the Association is to increase access to effective, safe, timely, quality care, promote greater involvement of people living with HIV in decision-making at regional and national levels on key aspects of the fight against HIV / AIDS and the elimination of its consequences at all levels as well as strengthening the capacity of members of the Association and other organizations of people living with HIV.
The first Association’s project was implemented with support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 2011 and allowed it to express themselves and focus on the development and support of organizations actively involved in the protection of the rights of PLHIV.
One of the main achievements for the organization today is participation in the USAID-funded “Leader for People Living with HIV” project, implemented in cooperation with the Association of Legal Entities “Central Asian Association of People Living with HIV.” The project was able to unify the organizations of people living with HIV not only in the Kyrgyz Republic, but also throughout Central Asia.
Today, as donors are leaving the country and the government needs to solve the problems associated with HIV alone, the Association aims to ensure that the state budget included funds for the treatment of people with HIV.
The Association is constantly taking measures related to PLHIV. There are among the most influential the National Forum of People Living with HIV, the informational campaign under the slogan: “HIV: There is medication but no time! Include in budget our right to life “,”Your health is in your hands!”, “Forever Life” as well as trainings, round tables, survey, community’s needs and priorities assessment, etc.
Through these activities the Association draws attention of the state and general population, as well as the PLHIV themselves, to the issues of access to diagnosis, treatment of HIV infection, the elimination of stigma and discrimination against HIV-positive people, support and strengthen the institutional and technical capacity of national organizations of Kyrgyzstan and the community as a whole and the development of partnership and cooperation mechanisms, and many other issues.
“We can and should be the main driving force, effectively engaging in the development and implementation of programs to combat the HIV epidemic, to influence the situation, drawing the attention of political leaders and the world community on the complexity of addressing the epidemic in our countries and offering solutions”, – says Yevgeniya Kalinichenko, the Head of the Association “Country Network of people living with HIV.”