Dr. Eliot J. Pearlman organized an international conference

Director of NGO "International Institute for HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis" Eliot J. Pearlman organized an international conference "On the Future Development of Directions of HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis Prevention in the Armed Forces of Ukraine", which took place today in Kiev.

Also, the representatives of the PEPFAR project (US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS) have provided assistance in organizing of this conference. Participation in the event was taken by: Dr. Michael Grillo, the head of the Division of DHAP's National Programs, Sten Ito, the representative of the DHAPP Program and the Chief of the Central Sanitary and Epidemiological Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Lieutenant Colonel of the Medical Service Lytovka Serhii.

The head of the Central Sanitary and Epidemiological Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Lieutenant Colonel of the Medical Service Lytovka Serhii said that the conference was organized by the PERFAR program. This is a program of the President of the United States and is aimed at reducing the incidence of HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis and viral hepatitis worldwide.

During the conference, the participants discussed the promising directions of HIV / AIDS prevention among servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Lytovka Serhii thanked the international partners for their cooperation and provided opportunities for additional training of specialists to fight with the HIV / AIDS epidemic. In particular, he noted:

"This program was actually suspended in 2013. In 2014, when armed aggression and mass mobilization began, the Central Sanitary and Epidemiological Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine revealed a large number of soldiers who were infected with hepatitis. We appealed to our US partners with a proposal to reinstate the program and they agreed. Thanks to the collaboration, a general voluntary testing was carried out, measures were taken to inform the personnel on the prevention of AIDS and sexually transmitted infections. And the measures taken today give the results. "

It is important to note that the PEPFAR project is undergoing changes in implementation.

"It is not possible to test everyone for HIV / AIDS year by year. Today, our main task is finding for the most vulnerable audience, which will allow to localize the epidemic, suppress the level of viral load on a person and promote its healthy life without discrimination. such events as this conference contribute to direct communication. This allows us to clearly hear the problems of your audience and understand the needs for addressing the HIV / AIDS epidemic" - shared the goal of the project head of PEPFAR team Michael Grillo.

The PEPFAR project in Ukraine will be implemented by NGO "International Institute for HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis", headed by Colonel US Army Medical Service (retired) Eliot J. Pearlman. The Institute effectively implements projects to counter the spread of HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis and other diseases in Ukraine since 2002.

"We have experience in Ukraine and implementation of projects on counteraction to the spread of diseases for HIV / AIDS and tuberculosis. Now we have a number of mandatory tasks that will enable us to overcome the HIV / AIDS epidemic in Ukraine and help stop the spread of the disease in the world ", said Eliot J. Pearlman in his speech.

Among such tasks are the following:

  • Increase awareness of the Ukrainians and personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine regarding illness, risk of infection and encouragement for testing in order to identify their own status (preventive testing, counseling, establishing bilateral communication between military and civilian AIDS services).
  • Establishment of cooperation with the Ministry of Defense for the identification of persons and groups vulnerable to illness, organization of educational campaigns aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles, awareness raising among risk groups regarding the importance of identifying an infection in the early stages of the disease (organization of trainings for medical personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine).
  • Establishing a Health Center - platform for sharing knowledge and conducting activities to promote disease prevention and control statistics. Equipping the center with the necessary gadgets for processing and analyzing information and statistics on HIV in Ukraine.

Також під час заходу виступили з доповідями представники медичної служби ЗС України та Служби превентивної медицини Міністерства оборони України, які поділились власними спостереженнями в рамках регіону відповідальності з метою формування єдиної політики з профілактики захворювання на ВІЛ/СНІД та подальшого подолання епідемії.

Also during the event, the representatives of the Medical Service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine delivered their reports, which shared their own observations within the region of responsibility in order to formulate a common policy on the prevention of HIV / AIDS and to further overcome the epidemic.

Prevention of the spread of HIV / AIDS and tuberculosis in the Armed Forces of Ukraine

An important point in preventing the spread of HIV / AIDS and tuberculosis is the provision of hygienic education and promotion of a healthy lifestyle. In the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, this task is entrusted to the institution of the Preventive Medicine Service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

At present, in the military units of the region of responsibility specialists of 108th regional sanitary and epidemiological department are actively pursuing work on the new replenishment of the spring of 2019 for the promotion of hygienic knowledge and healthy lifestyles, the prevention of bad habits, information on contemporary ideas about the causes of actual infectious diseases, etc.

Educational materials were developed and provided to military units through the cooperation of the NGO "International HIV/AIDS and TB Institute", the Preventive Medicine Service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

International AIDS candlelight memorial

The World Health Organization was identified every third Sunday of May as the International AIDS candlelight memorial. In 2019 this day falls on May 19th.

International AIDS candlelight memorial was launched to disseminate as much information as possible to prevent the disease. As more attention can be drawn to this problem, as more people can be saved. In addition, this project was implemented in order to attract the attention of the authorities to the social protection of HIV-infected people.

For the first time it took place in 1983 in San Francisco (USA). At that time, only a few thousand cases of illness were registered in the world, and about HIV / AIDS was nothing to known. Then the people who personally touched this tragedy became the organizers of the action of the memory of those who died because of AIDS.

It is important to recall that AIDS is one of the most difficult problems of humanity. According to the WHO, in 2015, 36.7 million people were infected with HIV and 1.8 million of them - children. The vast majority of people living with HIV live in low and middle income countries. It is estimated that 2.1 million people in the world have become infected with HIV this year. At least 35 million people have died due to HIV-related causes.

Today, Ukraine remains the leader in Europe in terms of the spread of HIV infection. According to international experts, about 240,000 people live in Ukraine with HIV. And only every second knows about his diagnosis. According to statistics, every day in our country 8 people die of AIDS. Experts note that despite the serious international support the epidemic can not be stopped.

However, the main tool for prevention is knowledge abought disease, ways of infection and the factors contributing to it. 

Dr. Eliot J. Pearlman invites to participate in the conference on development of directions of HIV / AIDS prevention and tuberculosis in the Armed Forces of Ukraine

On May 21-22, 2019, will be held the International conference which is devoted to the issues of perspective development of HIV / AIDS and tuberculosis prevention in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The conference will be held at the conference hall of the Hotel Rus (Kyiv, Hospitalna St., 4). This event organized by NGO "International HIV/AIDS and TB Institute".

The conference will be attended by representatives of the Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) - Michael Grillo and Stan Ito. Also, the conference will be attended by specialists of the Preventive Medicine Service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, laboratory services, blood services and scientists of the Ukrainian Military Medical Academy.

The conference will address the development of preventive measures to combat the spread of HIV / AIDS and tuberculosis among military personnel in the framework of the implementation of the three-year HIV / AIDS Prevention Program in Ukraine under the auspices of the US President's Emergency Plan for HIV / AIDS (PEPFAR).

Reference: The US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) supports HIV / AIDS prevention activities in the armed forces through direct assistance from the military unit, support for non-governmental organizations and cooperation with other US government agencies in the country.

For participation in the conference, call the telephone number +38 044 569 28 52. Contact person Dobroskok Larysa, project coordinator.

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