HIV/AIDS

COD Kosovo works in the field of HIV/AIDS, along with other stakeholders, not only in Kosovo but worldwide, to create an AIDS free future through implementation and development of prevention programs, innovative actions and support to young people, women, people living with HIV/AIDS and their families, and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the HIV/AIDS programing.

PREVENTION OF HIV

One of the key aspects in the fight against HIV spreading is continuous of prevention programs with special focus on the youth, but also targeting general population. HIV prevention programs are interventions that aim to stop the transmission of HIV. They are implemented to either protect individual and their community or as a public health policies. COD Kosovo is working on the HIV prevention programs through youth peer education, mass media campaign and cooperation with different HIV/AIDS stakeholders from Kosovo, Western Balkans and Europe.

PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS

Today, persons living or affected by HIV – PLHIV have very limited access health, psycho-social, economic and other basic services. As a result, they are often driven into isolation and confinement leading to situations of extreme economical and social vulnerability. The low level of public awareness on PLHIV’s daily reality, the strong societal prejudices they experience, the lack of counseling and social services represent some of the excluding factors that are putting this community among the most vulnerable group not only in Kosovo but all over Western Balkan region.

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND HIV/AIDS

It is commonly assumed that persons with disabilities are not at high risk of HIV infection. They are incorrectly believed to be sexually inactive, unlikely to use drugs or alcohol, and at less risk of violence or rape than their non-disabled peers. Persons with disabilities may not benefit fully from HIV and related sexual and reproductive health services because services offered at clinics, hospitals and in other locations may be physically inaccessible, lack of sign language facilities or fail to provide information in alternative formats such as Braille, audio or Easy to Read format. Service providers may lack knowledge about disability issues or have misinformed or stigmatizing attitudes towards persons with disabilities. Because of that, most of the time persons with disabilities are not included in national policies and programs related to the HIV/AIDS.

COD KOSOVO OBJECTIVES IN THE FIELD OF HIV/AIDS

Objective 1: To work on promotion and development of accessible, affordable and accountable HIV/AIDS related social services for young people, women, persons with disabilities and people living or affected by HIV.

Objective 2: To work on strengthening of capacities of local organizations to include people living or affected by HIV – PLHIV in their programs, and to strength capacities of PLHIV to advocate for the full enjoyment of their human rights as a priority, convinced that self representation is a key aspect in the advocacy process and the fight for equal opportunities.

Objective 3: To work on mainstreaming disability in all HIV/AIDS related programs and policies.

EXTERNAL RESOURCES

If you need more info about HIV/AIDS, please visit some of the following web pages:

UNAIDS is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

www.unaids.org

The Y-PEER youth peer education network of organizations and institutions, working in the field of sexual and reproductive health in 52 countries throughout the world.

www.y-peer.org

Handicap International is working more than 20-years on promotion of equal access to and the full involvement of people with disabilities in the global response to HIV/AIDS.

www.hi-us.org/aids_epidemic_and_disability

Global Network of People Living with HIV

www.gnpplus.net

The Global Fund is a 21st-century partnership organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.

www.theglobalfund.org

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