Impact of COVID-19 and war on HIV care

On October 13-14 European wide discussion on HIV health services was held at the5th EACS Standard of Care Meeting for HIV and Co-infections in Europe.

Nadia Yangol, program manager of the Alliance for Public Health, took part in the section «Impact of COVID-19 and war on HIV care». She spoke about the experience of Ukraine and partners of the regional project #SoS 2.0.

“It is impossible to evaluate what Ukrainian doctors, social workers, volunteers do every day, because the whole of Ukraine stands behind every saved life. The results cannot be estimated in numbers, although we can talk about 12 thousand people in 40 countries who received support, advice and service through Emergency Response Support #HelpNowHUB, but all this would not have been possible without the help of our colleagues and all the people who support Ukraine both at the beginning of the war and today, especially thanks to the developed European standards for treatment HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis and COVID.”

Session moderated by Teymur Noori (ECDC), Elena Vovc (WHO). We note that during the discussion, the speakers shared their experience and discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on testing services for HIV, hepatitis and as changes in related services through war and migration. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on testing services for HIV, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections in the WHO Europe. Speakers were speaking about Impact of the war on HIV delivery services in Ukraine, HIV among migrants in precarious circumstances in the EU and European economic area and Continuity of care in Europe: what is changing through migration, and about challenges and solutions.

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