Legal aid to all

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“Araket plus” Public Foundation jointly with the “Precedent” law company provide consultations on the delivery of comprehensive social and legal services for people living with HIV and their family members to the representatives of state and local authorities, social protection bodies, the officials from the Ministry of education and science and the law-enforcement bodies.

These consultations started on February 27 and will be finished on March 30. The main objective of these consultations is to strengthen cross - sectoral approach and raise legal awareness of partners of multidisciplinary teams, composed of the representatives of the state authorities, municipal and district departments of education, social protection institutions and internal affairs agencies in terms of respecting the rights of people living with HIV and their family members.

These multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) were established in 2013 to improve the healthcare and social services’ delivery for PLHIV on the basis of Family Medicine Centers in Chui, Osh, Batken, Jalal - Abad and Issyk - Kul provinces. At present the MDTs provide such services to more than 1,300 people living with HIV and their family members.

Legal consultations are provided in line with the global initiative of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) “Zero Discrimination”, which is focused on elimination of discrimination in healthcare institutions. During the meetings the lawyers of the “Precedent” law company say that the right to health is a fundamental human right and includes the ability to enjoy affordable, timely and high quality medical aid.

These consultations are intended to emphasize that every person can become a source of rights, a source of change and take a stand for a fair and just society.

The project is implemented in Kyrgyzstan by an NGO “Araket plus” Public Foundation with the financial support from the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS), within the framework of technical assistance program for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the area of response to HIV / AIDS, STIs and viral hepatitis, funded by the Government of the Russian Federation.