Since April, in eight cities of Russia , women peer consultants have been working on the principles of community groups with the program SHE+, “Stable, confident and HIV-positive.” Two months ago,after regional coordinators of the six cities gathered to meet in St. Petersburg, now are discussing the successes and difficulties in the work and exchanging experiences. In addition, the meeting was attended by the staff and volunteers of NP “E.V.A..”
Natalia Khilko manager regions NP “E.V.A.”:
“We talked about attracting new participants, interactions with doctors, psychologists and other professionals. We have learned how to present the program to these people and we agreed on how to engage the information with medical institutions and partner organizations with the main topicsof ART therapy and women living with HIV. After a productive day, we went for a walk along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg, to “fix” pleasant emotions and chat. “
Elena Tarasova, Nefteyugansk:
“I think I fell in love with Peter! I used all my will to spend my free days wandering through the streets. Such events are very useful in that we all – from different regions have experience with different groups, different people, different experiences in the work. These experiences should be shared, because after such meetings, we are charged with new ideas and thoughts, and when returning home, we can again move forward, knowing that everything will turn out okay!”.
About the program:
SHE is a program which helps women living with HIV, gain strength and confidence by communicating in groups for mutual support and participation in seminars and trainings. These activities are carried out by people whose lives have been directly affected by HIV. In addition, the program involved physicians working with HIV-positive women.
Author: Natalia Khilko