Any legal or private person willing to support us financially can transfer money into our account: Biedriba Apvieniba HIV.LV, Registration No. 40008102142, IBAN LV55HABA0551013367373, Swedbank AS, HABALV22. This money will be used to support our current projects.
Welcome to our homepage of the Association HIV.LV!
On 8 May of 2006 the Association HIV.LV has been entered into the State Register of Associations and Foundations. Association HIV.LV was established by several non-governmental organisations and a couple private persons. Currently Association HIV.LV consists of 8 organisations, 21 private person, as well as 24 contributors, which are non-members. The Association has 3 partner organisations and it covers all regions of Latvia. Association HIV.LV welcomes to join any legal entities or private persons, which support goals and tasks of our association. Our goals are:
•To improve overall life quality for people living with HIV/AIDS, while actively taking part in creation of the State HIV/AIDS policy and cooperating with the State and local authorities;
•To collaborate with international organisations and to become a member of international organisations;
•Not allow any kind of discrimination of people in Latvia who live with HIV/AIDS and to protect them.
To achieve above mentioned goals we have set following tasks:
•To involve non-governmental organisations, which work in the area of HIV/AIDS, as well as initiative and support groups, which deal with people living with HIV/AIDS and other individuals who may be interested;
•To find funding which enable support and development of Association HIV.LV members;
•To create and implement training programs for HIV/AIDS activists;
•To develop support group system for people living with HIV/AIDS in Latvia while promoting creation of individual organisations in the country;
•Collectively create and implement projects concerning HIV/AIDS to raise funds for the Association's projects;
•To create and implement unified plan that will protect people living with HIV/AIDS;
•To control the treatment and availability of the treatment for the HIV/AIDS patients;
•To draw up proposals for national programs and to carry out independent control over them;
•To develop legislative initiatives.
(Information updated 03.08.2011)In 2011 Association HIV.LV implements a project “Hepatitis C: hesitation is dangerous”. Within this project prisoners were tested for HIV and Hepatitis C antibodies and women sex workers were tested for Hepatitis C antibodies. In the case of positive result participants were questioned. Under this project following activities have been carried out: a review created about situation concerning Hepatitis C in Latvia, advocacy measures carried out and specialists of Hepatitis C interviewed, as well as developed Hepatitis C patient advocacy plan for further prospect. New bilingual brochure “Hepatitis C: Brochure for people who get tested for antibodies of Hepatitis C” has been issued in Latvian and Russian language. Additional project is started concerning AIDS and mental health “Improving the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS through developing the system for psychological and psychiatric care for PLHA in the North – West region”. Within this project 5 trainings will be carried out for specialists of social sphere and other activists, and conducted a research about available services for HIV positive people, and organized experience sharing with NGO-s in Denmark and Bulgaria. Association HIV.LV finished the advocacy project about availability of HIV treatment. Association HIV.LV is involved into the Global Health Rights Project "Promoting the right to health through litigation" in which helps to identify and translate into English judgements from Latvia for global right to health online database. Also Association HIV.LV will continue its previous activities for prevention of burnout syndrome. To find out more about our projects please visit section http://www.apvienibahiv.lv/projekti where are all materials published in their origin languages and some of them have been translated. Also you may learn all financial issues of the Association HIV.LV at section http://www.apvienibahiv.lv/darbibas-parskati
Our representative works in following Cross-Sector committees at Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia:
•Coordination Committee of elimination of HIV infection, tuberculosis and sexual transmitted disease spread (since 2008), •Health Coordination Committee (since 2010).
Association HIV.LV was awarded with a Prize-2010 for promoting tolerance and a cash prize of 500 LVL by Latvian Society Integration Fund.
In 2010 Association HIV.LV implemented 13 projects. Association continued educational activities in Latvian prisons and supplemented prisoners with tests for HIV, Hepatitis C and tuberculosis, as well started advocacy project for HIV treatment availability. The association conducted 3 researches, which resulted in creating following reports: “Missing the Target: Access to treatment for people living with HIV in Latvia ”, “National report from a study on mental health and HIV/AIDS”, case study about treating TB/HIV co-infected patients in Latvia. Association HIV.LV designed report “Rights for access restricted. Alternative UNGASS Report”. Following brochures have been issued in Latvian: “Recommendations for patients with HIV and Hepatitis C: testing, treatment and support” and ”I have been prescribed efavirenzs … recommendations to patients”. Association HIV.LV carried out activities to prevent burnout syndrome and organized several training sessions. The association takes part in international project concerning AIDS and mental health “Developing HIV/AIDS and mental health programs in new EU countries – MAIDS”. Association HIV.LV continued actively to defend the rights of HIV/AIDS infected people. During the winter time Association HIV.LV organizes the environment social campaign in Riga city “How Understanding Would YOU Be, If You Found Out, That a Person with AIDS Lives in Your Staircase?” This campaign also was organized in several other cities. We were working on improving our homepage and introduced some new functions, e.g. arranged news and forum message archiving, our readers can apply for weekly news and new photos from several events were added.
In 2009 Association HIV.LV implemented 10 projects. Association continued activities, which were started in the previous year, and organized activities for prevention of burnout syndrome. The Association implemented several projects: work in prison was supplemented with individual peer-to-peer consultations, volunteers were advised and tested for HIV, informative training was organized about HIV/AIDS for prison personnel and brochure in Latvian was issued called “An introduction to antiretroviral combination therapy”. Training for NGO workers and social workers was organized throughout Latvia and activities carried out concerning HIV treatment availability. First time the summit of the “Baltic Positive Network” took place in Latvia.
In 2008 Association HIV.LV implemented 5 projects concerning HIV/AIDS: educational lectures in prisons, correspondence with HIV-positive prisoners about maintaining level of life standard, organized various trainings for NGO workers and local authorities, set up support group activities and provided society with the latest information on the Association HIV.LV web-page, as well as organized activities for prevention of burnout syndrome. The Association actively cooperated with authorities and created strategic its plan.
Association has a mailing list http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/hivapvienibalv. All who are interested can join by sending a request from groups site in Yahoo! At the moment mailing list has 29 addresses. The primary language of the mailing list is Latvian.
Any legal or private person willing to support us financially can transfer money into our account:
Biedriba Apvieniba HIV.LV, Registration No. 40008102142, IBAN LV55HABA0551013367373, Swedbank AS, HABALV22.This money will be used to support our current projects.
Statement of the European Union and its Member States on World AIDS Day, 2011 see here>>>
Report on the Hepatitis C and its Treatment Situation in Latvia (2011)see here>>>
Achieving universal access in Eastern, South East Europe and Central Asia - 2010. An HIV community perspective. See Report here
"Rights for access restricted. Alternative UNGASS Reports." This publication is to be released by civil society organizations working in the field of combating the HIV epidemic in Latvia, Lithuania, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan see here>>>
Missing the Target: Access to Treatment for People Living with HIV - Latvia. Finalized Report (2010) see here>>>
Advocacy - is a series of activities targeted at decision makers and politicians with the aim to promote specific political issues. The process of advocacy is considered completed when the decision is taken and specific actions are carried out accordingly. In general advocacy is a process of continual response to the situation, attitudes, policies and legislation through influence upon decision makers and authorities, as well as structures and systems of different levels in order to improve the situation of people affected by a specific problem.
Partnership Agreement between the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia, the Ministry of Social Affairs of the Republic of Estonia and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania on Joint Procurements of Medicinal Products and Medical Devices and Lending of Medicinal Products and Medical Devices Procurable Centrally. Read the Agreement herehttp://www.likumi.lv/doc.php?id=248008