The South-Caucasus Network on HIV/AIDS is an innovative partnership that leads and inspires the South-Caucasian region in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for MSM/TG.
SCN fulfills its mission by:
• Promoting the human rights of MSM/TG living with HIV/AIDS in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and internationally, through research and analysis, advocacy and litigation, public education and community mobilization;
• Mobilizing political, technical, scientific and financial resources, as well as communities by building their capacities and empowerment;
• Developing the efforts of the national and regional system, civil society, national governments, the private sector, institutions and MSM/TG living with and most affected by HIV;
• Supporting inclusive country leadership for sustainable responses that are integral to and integrated with national health and development efforts.
We envision a world in which MSM/TG are healthy and the human rights and dignity of people living with HIV/AIDS and those affected by the disease are fully realized and in which health policies facilitate HIV prevention, care, treatment and support.
A visible and respected network at national, regional and international levels, with the experienced and professional staff and volunteers providing high-quality services and an international model for effective and efficient HIV prevention, advocacy, care and education.
Why a regional model?
We recognize our network and individual responsibility to provide leadership in every instance in our direct services, administration and individual positions because we acknowledge:
• The lack of priority of this cause locally and nationally and the lack of resources internationally to match the scale of the pandemic internationally
• The power of HIV and AIDS, if left unchecked, to destroy lives, relationships, cultures, countries and world stability
• The cumulative adverse impact this disease has on marginalized groups in this country and on developing countries internationally
• The overwhelming political reality and societal moral constraints that will not allow a disease transmitted through sexual activity and intravenous drug use to be tackled head-on by public health services.
The work of the SCNetwork is rooted in a number of guiding values:
- The centrality of human rights in the response to HIV and AIDS;
- A focus on the rights of marginalized populations;
- Ensuring the meaningful participation of MSM/TG living with and affected by HIV and AIDS in our work and in defining and implementing policies and programs;
- A commitment to action and activism for healthcare and HIV/AIDS Prevention;
- Accountability to the communities we serve and to donors, including transparent reporting and effective use of resources;
- A commitment to global responsibility and engagement;
- A commitment to excellence in all areas of our work.
The SCNetwork is establishes in October 2, 2011 by 3 organizations;
- We for Civil Equality NGO, Armenia
- Gender and Development NGO, Azerbaijan
- Tanadgoma NGO, Georgia
The Armenia-based We for Civil Equality NGO (www.wfce.am) is the first LGBT organization in the South Caucasus. One of the organization’s strategic work areas is HIV/AIDS/STI prevention among MSM/TG.
The Azerbaijan-based Gender and Development NGO (www.lgbt.az) is currently the only organization working with MSM/TG communities in Baku and other cities of Azerbaijan and established in 2007,
The Georgia-based Center for Information and Counseling on Reproductive Health – Tanadgoma NGO (www.tanadgoma.ge) is the first organization working with MSM/TG groups in Georgia. Starting from 2000, the organization has been working on HIV/AIDS prevention among high-risk groups.
The organizations have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Strategic Partnership which should promote coordination of programs in the field of HIV prevention among MSM/TG in the South Caucasus region.
The parties have agreed to cooperate in the following strategic areas and directions:
• Providing consultative assistance at all levels of the decision making process, elaboration and improvements of policies addressing socially important diseases;
• Promoting the capacity building of specialists and leaders of non-commercial organizations working in the field of public health system;
• Supporting improvements in the legislative and law enforcement practices and in the field of public health and healthcare system;
• Attracting resources and funds, as well as adapting to the international experience by supporting regional and international cooperation programs
The country coordinators of the SCNetwork are:
1. Armenia – Dr. Karen BADALYAN, president of We for Civil Equality NGO,
2. Azerbaijan – Kamran RZAYEV, president of Gender and Development NGO,
3. Georgia – Nino TSERETELI, executive director of Center for Information and Counseling on Reproductive Health – Tanadgoma NGO.
Services for migrants and refugees from Ukraine – HIV/TB care with a focus on key populations
Due to the increasing flows of refugees from Ukraine because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the EECA Regional Platform created a spreadsheet to fill contacts details of face-to-face and online services for refugees and migrants (with a focus on HIV/TB care and key population groups).
If you provide such services or know verified providers, please fill out the spreadsheet at your earliest convenience, and, please, update it as more verified information is available. These can be services for national citizens if they are also accessible to international migrants and refugees.
Regional Platform – EECA
This web-resource is a part of new regional communication and coordination project “Regional Civil Society and Community Support, Coordination and Communication Platform - EECA”, implemented by Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA).