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Patients open the first medical center "100% of life" in Kyiv

Patients open the first medical center "100% of life" in Kyiv | AIDS.UA
The largest patient organization, the All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH, on the eve of the World Remembrance Day of AIDS Victims, opens a non-governmental medical center, which is a unique development of the patient community. The opening ceremony of the first Medical Center "100% of life" in Kyiv (Mezhygirska 87-B street, near the head office of the Network) will be held on May 18, at 11:00. For accreditation and additional information contact Natalya Krasnenkova, +380 67 465 54 26, krasnenkova@prhouse.com.ua, Sofia Hurmak, +380 63 870 85 51, Daria Kovalenko, +380 95 419 67 98.

The center will serve both general population patients and patients with HIV and KAP representatives. This is the 100% tolerance space for all patients.

During the opening, a media briefing with the participation of the All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH (Dmitry Sherembey), the Ministry of Health, the Center for Public Health, Kyiv City State Administration, UNAIDS, and the Olena Pinchuk Foundation is scheduled.

After the briefing for the media and guests, the first tour around the clinic will take place.

"The 100% Life Center" is a unique product of the patient community evolution, that will provide an alternative option of receiving services, ensure application of global treatment protocols, novelty medications and, most importantly, the absence of stigma and discrimination against all patients, regardless of their status. Zero discrimination and 100% tolerance are our main value", said Dmitry Sherembey, Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH.

General practitioners of family medicine, infectious disease specialists, neuropathologists, narcologists, psychiatrists, dermatovenerologists, gynecologists and other medical doctors will work to provide the services to the public. The medical center will also have a temporary hospital stay ward and a procedure room.

Within the framework of the event, the first tour around the clinic will take place, during which everyone will be able to take a free HIV test. On the opening day of the center, guests will have the opportunity to talk to the family doctor, infectious disease specialist and social worker. Moreover, a photo exhibition highlighting the stages of the clinic creation will be presented for everyone to see the center launch history. Medical centers are funded by the Global Fund, the Olena Pinchuk Foundation and the Expertise France 5% Initiative.

The opening will be attended by representatives of the Ministry of Health, Kyiv City State Administration, national and international partners, as well as representatives of the PLWH community from all over Ukraine.

Date and time – May 18 (Friday), media briefing at 11:00, tour at 11.30.

Place – 87-B Mezhygirska Street, near the head office of the Network.

Simultaneously with the opening of the center in Kyiv, a flashmob "100% of Life — 100% of Tolerance" will be held in all regions of Ukraine, during which activists call on all health facilities to ensure 100% tolerance to each patient.

FB hashtags #100Life #FightForLife #100відсотківжиття #100відсотківтолерантності.

Background data of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ukraine

We would like to remind that during the epidemic from 1987 to 2017, 45,074 Ukrainians died of AIDS. Tuberculosis remains the main co-infection and lethality factor in AIDS patients, which during the first quarter of 2018 caused death in every second case of AIDS death.

However, in recent years, the mortality rate of people from HIV has decreased by 11%, being 10.4 deaths per 100 thousand of population in 2016 against 11.5 in 2013. During the first quarter of 2018, 767 deaths from AIDS were recorded, compared to 792 for the same period of the last year. The AIDS mortality rate was 1.8 per 100 thousand of population versus 1.9.

During 3 months of 2018, the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases in Ukraine decreased from 4,728 to 4,358, the incidence rate decreased by 7.2% compared to the same period last year and amounted to 10.3 versus 11.1 per 100 thousand of population.

As of April 1, 2018, there were 143,766 HIV-positive citizens of Ukraine enrolled in health care facilities, of which 45,019 were diagnosed with AIDS.

As of April 1, 2018, 91,605 people received treatment, while back in 2009 this indicator was 15,871 people. Therapy allows people living with HIV to live.

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