EKHN is an innovative partnership that leads and inspires the Eurasian region in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for Key Populations including but not limited to people who use drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, women, migrants, prisoners, refugees, forced displaced people, adolescents and youth.
EKHN is a membership based regional network working to achieve changes in healthcare policies and practices at the regional level. Currently EKHN has 26 active members; all of them are officially registered in their respective countries and most of our members are national networks with big coverage at the country level. For example, in Georgia, our member is GHRN – The Georgian Harm Reduction Network – with 23 national member organisations; in Moldova, our member UORN – The Public Association “Union for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Harm Reduction in Moldova”, is represented by 24 national organizations. Therefore with our members, we are reaching and working with more than 200 civil society organisations across the Eurasian region.
EKHN develops its interventions and programs in response to the pressing need to address the persistent gender inequalities and human rights violations that put the Key Populations, firstly, women and girls, transgender and intersex people at a greater risk of, and more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. EKHN is promoting gender mainstreaming as a key driver for the enhanced sexual and reproductive health policies and rights protection, and HIV/AIDS response, in the countries and facilitates better access of the above-mentioned populations to education, high quality basic health and social services, decision-making and economy, and less exposure to violence and abuse.
Besides that, EKHN is a regional civil society network established, governed and run by representatives of Key Populations and geographically operates in the countries of the Eurasian region, including: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Poland and Uzbekistan
We are committed to lead the region to achieving the key global targets, in particular: 1) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG); 2) Universal Health Coverage (UHC); 3) Health 2020; and 4) UNAIDS 90-90-90 Strategy. We place particular emphasis at most-at risk populations and cross-cutting issues such as TB, human rights and gender equality.