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The recent protests following the death of George Floyd due to police violence demonstrate once again how structurally embedded social inequality is within our societies. COVID-19 has exacerbated these inequalities.
No matter where we live, what we look like, or what income we might have, this pandemic affects us all. IPPF members around Europe and Central Asia, as throughout the world, continue to do their best to ensure that all people can lead safe and dignified reproductive lives even in confinement.
Breaking barriers, building bridges: IPPF EN's Caroline Hickson on what she took away from this week's AIDS2018 pre-conference on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Through sexuality education, ACPD has successfully equipped hundreds of stigmatised young people with crucial life skills, building their knowledge about sexuality, relationships and safe sex, and strengthening their ability to make decisions, communicate, negotiate and plan for the future.
Just off a highway in downtown Skopje, a middle-aged man stamps his feet before a door. He is here to pick up clean needles from a drop-in centre run by HOPS, an NGO that provides drug users and sex workers with clean needles, contraception, information and advice.
Back in 2004, Zoran Jordanov decided that someone needed to take action to support Macedonia’s LGBTI community and open up access to sexual health services. He began to look into issues of HIV prevalence and the importance of prevention.
When Mihaela (not her real name) was six years old, her father sent her onto the streets to scavenge for food for the family and beg for money to fund his alcoholism treatment. “We were very poor,” she says. “I ...
Two years ago, when he was just 21 years old, Bojan’s life changed forever. His long-term partner revealed that he had been diagnosed with HIV.
Tucked away behind a line of trees in the grounds of Skopje’s University Hospital, lies a modest concrete building. This is the Clinic for Infectious Diseases, where people newly diagnosed with HIV come to access treatment and support.
“I remember when I was little, there was one very stigmatising ad on Macedonian TV about how to protect yourself from HIV,” recalls philosophy student Bojan. “It was really scary."