The initial results are in from the first three months of the Peer to Peer project, which is being implemented with resources from the Presidential grant.
In February 2016 NP E.V.A. began to implement the Peer to Peer project (you can read more about it here). The project is planned to take place for 8 months. Over the course of the project, legal defenders and peer counselors will conduct at least 1,280 counseling sessions with patients living with HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis on the topic of rights violations.
On the 31st of May, at the International scientific and practical conference “Actual problems of HIV infection”, the interim results of the project work were presented. They are as follow:
Regional coverage: Moscow — 40%, Saint Petersburg — 23%, Khanty Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug — 20%, Novosibirsk — 9%, and the remaining regions of the RF — 8%.
The main requests from clients:
— Denial of planned medical care, provision of illness history information, marking of medical charts – 43%;
— Lack of prescribed medicine – 31%;
— Discrimination on the part of medical personnel, disclosure of HIV status – 12%;
— Responsibility upon HIV infection – 3%;
— Other issues – 11%.
In conclusion of the first three months of the project’s work, 520 counseling sessions were conducted.
This project is being implemented using the support of governmental resources that were allocated in the form of a grant according to the to the decree of the President of the Russian Federation from 17.01.2014 № 11-рп and on the basis of a contest held by the Civil Dignity Movement (http://civildignity.ru).