News Outlets Examine Impacts Of Potential USAID Cuts On Ukraine’s TB Programs, NGOs’ Efforts To Address HIV Epidemic In Country Amid Russian Conflict

Devex: Ukraine’s fight against TB is at risk from USAID cuts
“A United States Agency for International Development-funded digital health program to help Ukraine manage its growing drug-resistant tuberculosis epidemic is a textbook example of effective foreign aid, according to health experts who worked on the project — but the country’s fight against the disease is now at risk from looming cuts to U.S. development aid. Ukraine has the second-highest TB burden in Europe, and one of the highest estimated numbers of multidrug-resistant TB, or MDR-TB, cases in the world…” (Edwards, 6/6).

VOA News: E. Ukraine Conflict Impacts War Against HIV
“…On Wednesday and Thursday, United Nations Special Envoy for HIV and AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, professor Michel Kazatchkine, held a conference at Kyiv’s Alliance for Public Health and then visited some of the city’s harm-reduction organizations specializing in activities including needle exchanges, free medical testing, and condom distribution. … Despite the discouraging statistics, Kazatchkine said he sees progress in Ukraine thanks to the work of NGOs in partnership with the government. Unfortunately, a significant portion of Ukraine’s territory is under control of Russia and its proxies, and this has created serious obstacles for those trying to help fight the spread of HIV and AIDS…” (Kovpak, 6/2).

VOA News: Ukrainian NGO Works to Stop Spread of HIV Among Sex Workers
“During a recent visit to Kyiv, Michel Kazatchkine — the U.N. special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia — toured the Ukrainian capital’s various harm-reduction programs, aimed at stopping the spread of HIV. Among those was the nongovernmental organization Eney (Aeneas), which specializes in providing medical and legal assistance to female sex workers in Kyiv…” (Kovpak, 6/5).