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Presentation synopsis:

Innovative approaches in improving access to care in Ukraine

Reaching the 90-90-90 targets in conditions of war conflict: Results of the joint project "Food for Life”.

One of the biggest problems in Ukraine is the ART treatment adherence. The average treatment efficiency in the country is about 40%. Military conflicts aggravated the problem. High displacement flows, stigma and discrimination as well as the deteriorated socio-economic situation significantly affected adherence to treatment. In 2016, HIV-positive people massively began interrupting treatment due to lack of food and financial opportunities to get to ART sites. The all-Ukrainian Network of PLHIV with WFP and UNAIDS developed and piloted the food assistance program as innovative approach for improving access to and retention on treatment, care and support services. The project resulted in about 93% viral suppression rate within the beneficiary group.

Speaker biography:

Valeriia Rachynska is a European Delegate in the NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS PCB. Since August 2016, she has been leading the Regional Policy Team of CO “All Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS” - the organisation representing the HIV positive community of Ukraine on national, regional and international levels, one of the biggest and most influential NGOs in Ukraine, in the EECA region and the principal recipient of GFATM.

Since 2018, she has been a member of the board of the network. In 2017-2018, Valeriia coordinated the "Food for Life" project implemented by the CO "Network" in partnership with the WFP. The project was recognised as global best practice by UNAIDS in the respective report of 2018. She started working in the NGO sector back in 2012, helping people with HIV, drug addictions, TB, prisoners, sex workers. When the armed conflict in Ukraine broke out, Ms. Rachynska delivered ART, TB medications, food for PLWH and prisoners across the front line, documented human rights violations in prisons on NGCA and continued to implement the GFATM project. This ensured continuity of ART treatment for 3000 PLHIV who live in NGCA. In 2015-2016, Ms. Rachynska worked for UNHCR Ukraine as Senior Field Assistant. Ms. Rachynska holds a Master’s degree in sociology.


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