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Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek, the wife of the Secretary General of the United Nations, visited the clinic for children living with HIV at the Republican Clinical…
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Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek, the wife of the Secretary General of the United Nations, visited the clinic for children living with HIV at the Republican Clinical Infectious Diseases Hospital in Saint Petersburg.

 

Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek, the wife of the Secretary General of the United Nations, visited the clinic for children living with HIV at the Republican Clinical Infectious Diseases Hospital in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, on 16 June and met with women affected by HIV. During her visit, Madam Ban was familiarized with how the clinic helps children living with HIV with medical and psychological problems.

 

Madam Ban was deeply moved by the special care provided to the children at the HIV clinic. She learned that more than 300 abandoned children living with HIV had been adopted over the years. Evgeny Voronin, the hospital’s chief physician, shared the story of a girl who was preparing to leave after 13 years.

 

The Director of the Women’s and Children’s Health Department at the Ministry of Health, Elena Baibarina, stated during the meeting with Madam Ban that the Russian Federation had significantly reduced mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Ms Baibarina also stressed that it was important for the Ministry of Health to collaborate with nongovernmental organizations representing people affected by HIV.

 

Maria Godlevskaya and Irina Evdokimova, representatives from EVA, told Madam Ban about their network of women affected by epidemics and the challenges they face. They stressed the need for closer interaction between public health and nongovernmental organizations working with women at higher risk of HIV and the need for early diagnosis of HIV to prevent mother-to-child transmission.

 

Julia Godunova, Executive Director of EVA, told Ms Ban she was expecting her second child. She said that her wish was that neither she nor her children would ever face stigma and discrimination associated with HIV.

 

Madam Ban, mother of three and grandmother of four, said that women should be leaders for change, “because it’s hard to find better motivation than children. I admire what you are doing for the sake of your children. You bring about change in society. Thank you.”

 

 

Irina Evdokimova, NP EVA:

 

“For me, Madam Ban’s visit outlined once again just how much attention the UN devotes to the issue of HIV, and Madam Ban to the topics of motherhood and childhood. It is essential that this meeting was multi-disciplinary: representatives from various departments of the Ministry of Health were present – the  the hospital’s chief physician E.E. Voronin and the Director of the Women’s and Children’s Health Department Elena Baibarina. I was very pleased how well Elena Nikolaevna is informed of the issues relating to women, children, and HIV-infection, and that she sees nonprofits as crucial to solving issues of preventing HIV infection and MTCT. Personally it was very important to me to talk about how Russia has many nonprofit organizations and activists who are just opening their own nonprofits in order to help governmental institutions with assisting women (especially from key groups- drug-dependent, sex workers) in AIDS centers and prenatal care institutions, which is an important resource that will only continue to develop thanks to state financial support for nonprofits.”

 

Maria Godlevskaya, NP EVA:

 

“My impressions from the meeting with Madam Ban are positive, especially due to the informal nature of the gathering. I consider it a great achievement that we were able to attend. I was able to highlight the key moments of working to prevent the epidemic. Also, I think that the opportunity to speak with the Director of the Women’s and Children’s Health Department at the Ministry of Health Elena Baibarina is a big accomplishment. I call the gathering informal specifically because as a result of our dialogue, we were invited to participate in meetings at which we can appeal to all regions with the message to reduce stigma and discrimination in ob-gyn services.”

 

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