Members of the Network may include civil society organizations, networks, government agencies, faith-based and business organizations sharing the mission and the goals of EKHN and professionally involved in the areas of HIV, TB and hepatitis prevention, treatment, care and support in KPs or taking an active part in the social life of KP communities, which are located or perform their activities in the territory of Eurasia. Members of the Network may be Eurasian organizations and networks which comply at least with one of the following criteria:

  • Created by members of KPs and/or KP communities;
  • Conduct activities in the area of HIV/STI prevention in KPs at least in one of the countries of the Eurasian region;
  • Conduct activities in the area of gender and human rights of KPs at least in one of the countries in the Eurasian region;
  • Unite people over 18 years of age (i.e. do not fall under the category of organizations or initiative groups for children and adolescents).
  • Private individuals may not be members of the Network.
  • Organizations and/or networks that would like to become members of the Network shall submit official Applications for Membership in the Network (Form 1 – for organizations/networks/initiative groups) and Applicant Profiles (Annex 1 – for organizations/networks) addressed to the Board of the Network. Applications without Profiles shall not be considered.
  • Decisions on inclusion of members to the Network based on compliance of the applicants with the above-stated criteria, applications and profiles received shall be made by the Application Review Committee consisting of the members of the Board and the Secretariat.
  • Political parties as well as organizations and private individuals, which are not related to the activities of the Network and are not actively participating in the lives of KP communities, may not be members of the Network.
  • Membership in the Network is voluntary.
  • Membership in the Network may be terminated on a voluntary basis upon receipt of a written request from a member of the Network or at the discretion of the Board based on p. 1.9. hereof.
EKHN Program Steering Committee Members currently are:
Elhan BAGIROV
Baku, Azerbaijan
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Elhan BAGIROV
Baku, Azerbaijan
EKHN
Steering Committee Member

Mr. Elhan BAGIROV is the one of the founders of the NGO “Gender and Development” in Baku, Azerbaijan (June 2006) and currently he is the Deputy Chairman of the organization. He hes more than 10 years experience of Programs Managing in HIV/AIDS prevention and Projects Coordination on HIV/AIDS and STIs prevention and Outreach Workers. Elhan is actively involved in fundraising, community mobilization, documenting human rights violations, creating a friendly social environment, reducing stigma, anti-discrimination, the availability of opportunities for self-sufficiency (for example: the right to education, work and housing) among people living with HIV.

Elhan has excellent communication skills, has civic active life position with focus on results, stress resistance and striving for development and professional growth.

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Medea KHMELIDZE
Tbilisi, Georgia
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Medea KHMELIDZE
Tbilisi, Georgia
EKHN
Steering Committee Member

Medea Khmelidze (MSW) also holds the position of National Programme Manager of
the Global Fund’s regional project “Harm Reduction Works – Fund It!” within
the Georgian Harm Reduction Network. The GHRN combines 26 NGOs in Georgia
working on drug use issues.

Medea has been in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
since 2007. She is also a member of ASTRA/ASTRA Youth, CEE Network working
towards transforming gender power relations in society so that women, girls,
men and boys can enjoy their sexual and reproductive rights, and are equal,
free and live in dignity.  She represents the Georgian Union of PLHIV-Real
People Real Vision at ASTRA Network which she supports as an advocacy
advisor. Through the network she has been working on women empowerment
issues and advancing the sexual and reproductive rights in UN processes,
namely in post 2015 agenda.

She is having almost 7 years of experience in the research field directed at
generating qualitative /quantitative data that determine and strengthen the
access to medical and social services to Key Affected Population, as well as
their capacity to claim their sexual and reproductive rights in the EECA
region; contributing to improving and innovating SRHR policies and
practices, with a special focus on empowering women, youth and key
populations.

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Elena ROMANYAK
Moscow, Russia
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Elena ROMANYAK
Moscow, Russia
EKHN
Steering Committee Member

Elena Romanyak has a degree in Law and is the member of the Council (i.e. the Board’s Executive Committee) of the Non-Profit Partnership “ESVERO”. She has 13-year experience in counselling, research and analysis in the field of human rights, gender and community mobilization, NGO sustainability, at international and national levels, including 10 years in the area of HIV/AIDS. She was participating in and leading the number of programmes and projects in the above-mentioned field involving wide range of stakeholders from different sectors of society.

Since 2011, issues of the civil society empowerment, equal dialogue with the Government, and of the increased role of NGOs in social sector have been among the key professional activities of Elena Romanyak. Starting from 2014, she deals closely with social projects evaluation and NGO sustainability. She currently develops new approaches in equal access of most-at risk populations to essential medico-social services and improved skills and professional level of the community representatives and experts.

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Ala IATCO
Belti, Moldova
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Ala IATCO
Belti, Moldova
EKHN
Steering Committee Member

Ms. Ala IATCO does have 18 years of work experience in the area of implementing HIV Prevention and Harm Reduction Programs in the Republic of Moldova. Since 2000, Ms. Iatco has been involved in the senior management of the Association “Youth for the Right to Life” from Balti. In 2007 she actively participated in the establishment of the Harm Reduction Network in the country known at present as the Union for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Harm Reduction in Moldova, holding the position of Union President. Ms. Iatco took part in the development of several manuals, guidelines and standards related to HIV Prevention Program work amongst the groups with high risk of infection in the Republic of Moldova. She pursued substantial activity aiming to advocate sustainability and durability of Harm Reduction Programs and to increase the State Budget support for these Programs. Ms. Iatco has got her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Assistance and Master’s Degree in Social Assistance and Public Health Management. Along with the activity unrolled in the associative sector, Ms. Iatco has gained a great deal of academic experience working as an Assistant Professor at the State University “Alecu Russo” from Balti Municipality.

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Oleg YEREMIN
Minsk, Belorus
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Oleg YEREMIN
Minsk, Belorus
EKHN
Steering Committee Member

Has worked in HIV / AIDS prevention since 1997. From 2004 to 2014 served as Chairman of the Board of Republican Youth Public Association “Vstrecha”. From 2008 to present day has served as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Association of non-profit organizations to combat HIV / AIDS epidemic “BelSet anti-AIDS” (Belarusian AIDS network NGO). Has a degree in teaching.

A national and international expert on HIV / AIDS prevention among MSM, legislative analysis, advocacy, community mobilization, development of partnerships between civil society organizations and government institutions, monitoring and evaluation in the field of HIV / AIDS. Has been repeatedly invited to lend his expertise to UN agencies, the International HIV / AIDS Alliance in Ukraine, ECOM and other international organizations.

As a coach of the national HIV / AIDS team, has held more than 70 training sessions and developed five training modules. Deputy Chairman of the Country Coordinating Committee for Cooperation with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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Dr. Sergo CHIKHLADZE
Tbilisi, Georgia
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Dr. Sergo CHIKHLADZE
Tbilisi, Georgia
EKHN
Steering Committee Member

Sergo Chikhladze graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University in 2000. Then he continued his education in Russian Federation, Europe and US. In 2005-2008 he served as a dean of Georgian-US private nursing school in Tbilisi. From 2008-2012 Dr. Chikhladze served as a director and coordinator of various HIV/AIDS related projects funded by international organizations. 2011-2013 – Chairman of Tanadgoma-Center for information and counseling on reproductive health. In 2014 he successfully completed the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program in Public Health Policy & Management, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. At the same time he worked in US on cost effectiveness analysis of quality improvement interventions in healthcare for low and middle income countries.

Since 2014 he has been providing consultancy work for international organizations (including UN agencies, Global Fund, EU etc.) and CSOs related to health and social issues such as access to health, health rights, governance and organizational assessment, needs assessment, organizational development, hidden populations, minorities rights, HIV/AIDS, penitentiary system reforms, psychosocial rehabilitation and re-socialization issues etc.

Dr. Sergo Chikhladze  is a member of PMI (Project Management Institute) member since May 2014; Member of APHA (American Public Health Association) member since Aug 2013; Laureate of VII International conference of young scientists, Moscow, Russian Federation (May 2003). Sergo Chikhladze received personal award/certificate from the US President and Secretary of State.

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Tatevik MARTIROSYAN
Yerevan, Armenia
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Tatevik MARTIROSYAN
Yerevan, Armenia
EKHN
Steering Committee Member

Ms. Tatevik MARTIROSYAN holds a diploma from RA Republican Center of Esthetic Education and also has Master Degree on Art and Culture Directing graduated from RA Yerevan State Institute of Theater & Cinematography. Ms. MARTIROSYAN has 8 years experience on Capacity building of youth NGOs in the South Caucasus and Advocacy for interests and access to services for SWs.

Focusing woman emancipation and gender equality promotion, Ms. MARTIROSYAN participated in contest “My Scrapbook of Change”, Tbilisi International Film Festival “Amirani”, “ T-Time” Conference, International Women’s Film Festival “KIN”.

Ms. MARTIROSYAN is one of the initiators and strategy developers of the South Caucasus LTG Women Network, served as board member of WFCE (We for civil equality) NGO.

Ms. MARTIROSYAN is the creator of WFCE policy and programming focusing on harnessing the potential of women as an important economic and social driver for more inclusive and sustainable development. Her main approach is that policies and programmes that unintentionally leave out or disenfranchise women will never be successful over the long term. Nor can inclusive growth be achieved if women’s empowerment is compartmentalized, or seen as a separate activity from what are traditionally perceived as the core functions of government.

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