Global survey on access to and quality of HIV treatment and care – Kyrgyzstan & Ukraine (EECA)
ITPC’s 2019 Global Survey on Access to and Quality of HIV Treatment and Care, focused on barriers to quality HIV care and treatment services across 14 low- and middle-income countries, covering seven regions of the world. This brief summarizes findings of our peer-led research focusing on two countries in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) region: Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine.
The EECA region is home to 1.5-1.9 million people living with HIV,1 and HIV incidence continues to increase in the region: from 30.4 new annual HIV cases per 100,000 population in 2008 to 51.1 per 100,000 in 2017 (a 68% increase). People who are members of key populations are disproportionally affected: 39% of new HIV infections occur among people who inject drugs, 28% among clients of sex workers and sex partners of key populations, 21% among gay men and other men who have sex with men and 9% among sex workers. This compares with 3% in the general population.
The study is composed of a quantitative and a qualitative survey. The quantitative survey evaluated access—and barriers—to HIV services, including among people who are members of key populations. The qualitative survey described challenges encountered by people living with HIV and healthcare providers who deliver HIV care.