Healthy choices: Optimizing decisions in an area of uncertainty

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Filed under: Development Guest posts Health HIV

Early last month, I was honoured to have the opportunity to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina at Observatory Venice Summer School 2014, a six-day networking and educational event. Thanks to the financial assistance of UNDP in Europe and Central Asia‘s HIV, Health and Development team, I was able to meet with more than 40 specialists from the global health… Read more »

Checking our shoe size: Reducing the carbon footprint of our health programmes

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Filed under: Environment Health HIV

Climate change is everyone’s problem – and we are stepping up. UNDP is fully committed to reducing the carbon footprint of all programmes. When it comes to HIV, health and development - we’re working to deliver the vital services that millions count on - while at the same time minimizing their environmental impacts.

HIV: Living behind a disguise

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Filed under: Health HIV Social inclusion

In many ways Sherzhod is the face of Uzbekistan’s younger generation. He is a tech-savvy 22-year-old with big plans for the future, ideally with a career in medicine.  Like many of his peers in Uzbekistan, he wants to get married and start a family, but for now his goal is to pursue his career and… Read more »

Odessa municipality listens to feedback about service quality from people living with HIV

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Filed under: Health HIV Human rights Social inclusion

It is a well-known fact that effective HIV responses usually involve the strong engagement of regional and local organizations as they are closer to the people who need these services and better understand their needs. (Key populations at higher risk of HIV include people who use drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men… Read more »

Confessions of a Serial Consulter, Part 1: Debunking Myths

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Development 2.0 Environment Governance Health HIV Social inclusion

Eastern Europe and Central Asia: What kind of world do you want? Looking back on the past year as part of the United Nations World we Want team working on engaging people in a discussion of what matters for their future, I feel compelled to come clean on the experience thus far. Our work is… Read more »

Leading by example: Greening the health sector

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Filed under: Climate change Environment Health HIV

Climate change may have potentially catastrophic consequences for our planet and for human life. UNDP supports countries in ‘greening’ their economies and lowering their carbon emissions, but it is also working in the field of global public health: UNDP is a principal recipient of grants from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria… Read more »

Violence against LGBT community hinders health and development gains

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Filed under: Development Health HIV Human rights Peace and security Social inclusion

The recent attack on the office and staff of LaSky, an NGO working with Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities in St. Petersburg, Russia is a reminder of the grave challenges in ensuring that AIDS responses are free of violence, harassment and discrimination. Similar attacks have made LaSky close its HIV outreach work in… Read more »

HIV and the law: Protecting the rights of people living with HIV in Ukraine

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Filed under: Guest posts HIV Human rights

Knowledge is power for those living with HIV. Having the right information enables people affected by HIV to prevent human rights violations, and seek redress if their rights have already been violated. Knowledge can also help change attitudes toward populations at high risk of HIV transmission in Eastern Europe: people who inject drugs, sex workers,… Read more »