Second meeting of the Organizing Committee of the Fifth Conference on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia


20.10.2015 г.

The second meeting of the Organizing Committee of the Fifth Conference on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia took place in Moscow on 20 October 2015. The Fifth Conference is scheduled for 23-25 March 2016.

The meeting was co-chaired by Gennady Onishchenko, Assistant Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, Anna Popova, Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) and Luiz Loures, Assistant Secretary-General, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director of Programme.

The meeting gathered representatives of the Government of the Russian Federation, the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Russian Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Education as well as relevant ministries from countries of the region, the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation, the Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation, medical and scientific communities of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, representatives of UNAIDS, the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, non-governmental organizations and civil society.

Committee members approved the program of the Fifth Conference on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, as well as the format and procedure for the preparation of the final position paper of the forthcoming high-level event, which is one of the largest international platforms for decision-making aimed at consolidation of the regional efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

During the meeting, Committee co-chairs and members were tested for HIV.

According to Anna Popova, currently the number of HIV-infected people has stabilized, and this is largely due to the fact that people can get to know their HIV status in time and receive treatment. This action has started a program to test population for HIV in the Russian Federation and countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

In addition, a mobile diagnostic clinic designed for rapid diagnosis of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases was donated to the Kyrgyz Republic by the Russian Federation. Such clinics were previously donated to Armenia and Tajikistan and are currently operating in these countries.

In order to present and discuss the cutting-edge, evidence-based approaches to the HIV prevention and treatment a scientific symposium with the participation of leading Russian and international experts took place after the Committee meeting.

More information and news about the Fifth Conference on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia are available on the official website of the Conference www.eecaac2016.org.