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    SALUS Foundation - Lviv, Ukraine

    SALUS FOUNDATION

    The SALUS Foundation is one of the strongest NGOs in the Western Ukraine. It has a lot of plans for future. The Foundation's staff is developing the programmes in different directions, but one of the most important fields of it's activities should become the work with the trafficked women. SALUS cooperates with about 10 NGOs from the Central Europe dealing with trafficked women. Recently, SALUS participated in the Seminar of coordinators of LA STRADA in Warsaw. The general opinion is that Lviv, because its geographical position on the crossroad from West to East, is the perfect place for developing activities with victims of trafficking. That is why SALUS is looking for partners to develop this activity, because NGOs from the Central Europe are already sending the trafficked women to the SALUS Sexual Health Centre for STD examination and hepatitis vaccination.

    THE SALUS FOUNDATION

    Address:
    SALUS Foundation
    POBox 320
    290000 Lviv
    UKRAINE
    tel./fax 380 (322) 72 57 38
    tel. 380 (322) 34 32 85
    e-mail: salus@icmp.lviv.ua

    The SALUS FOUNDATION is a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) dealing with the problems of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV\AIDS prevention in Western Ukraine.

    SALUS Foundation was established in Lviv in January 1996. The activities of the Foundation cover the area of Western Ukraine with population close to 10 000 000 people. During 1996-1998 six departments of the Foundation were opened in five cities of Western Ukraine - Lviv, Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk, Rivne, Ujgorod and Lutsk.

    The foundations’ staff is experienced in the STDs/AIDS prevention. The staff members had their attachments in some European and American STD clinics and STD Centres (The Mortimer Market Centre and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Diseases in London, Hopital Saint-Lois and Institute A.Furnier in Paris, Howard Brown Centre in Chicago.)

    PRESIDENT

    Sluzhynska Olexandra MD PhD, gynecologist, director of the Medical Diagnostic Centre ASTAR, Regional representatives of Ukraine in the European Information Centre YOUTH & AIDS.

    GOALS

    • STDs and HIV\AIDS prevention
    • implementation of new technologies in diagnostics of the HIV/STDs
    • implementation of new therapeutic methods in the treatment of the STDs and their complications
    SALUS Foundation activities:

    1. CENTRE OF SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES

    With the support of the SALUS Foundation and financial assistance of the Open Society Institute the first Ukrainian Centre for Sexually Transmitted Diseases was established in Lviv in December 1996. Now it works successfully.

    2. RAPE CRISIS CENTRE

    With the support of the SALUS Foundation and financial assistance of the International Renaissance Foundation the Rape Crisis Centre was established in Lviv in December 1996.

    3. B-HEPATITIS COMPETENCE CENTRE

    The Centre was organised thanks to SmithKlain Bicham company. It provides the hepatitis-B vaccinations.

    4. RESPECT YOURSELF, PROTECT YOURSELF

    Thanks to support of the Commete Catolique contre la Faim et pour le Developpement SALUS Foundation developed the information project, consisting of 8 booklets:

    • HIV
    • Trichomona
    • Gonorrhea
    • Herpes
    • Papillomavirus
    • Chlamydia
    • Candida
    • Syphilis
    5. ART AGAINST AIDS

    Thanks to joint efforts of the SALUS FOUNDATION, ART CLUB DZYGA and Scientific Medical Diagnostic Centre ASTAR the 5-years programme ART AGAINST AIDS was established. The programme began with the competition of non-professional works - posters, emblems and announcements for radio directed against AIDS and STDs. The winning works are used in poster campaign on the theme of STDs and HIV prevention. Information about the ACTION - 97 ART AGAINST AIDS and exebition of the best works could be found in:

    http://www.uar.net.1997/art/aids/works_ukr.html

    In Nowember-December 1998 the programme was continued by the ACTION-98 - the sculpture competition YOUTH AGAINST AIDS.

    6. ART OF HEALTH

    Action ART OF HEALTH was dedicated to the International Health Day (April, the 7). It was prepared by SALUS Foundation with the help of the British Council, the French Cultural Centre, the Ukrainian-Austrian Liberary and the International Renaissance Foundation. The Action contained round tables and discussions about the STDs and AIDS, films about the healthy lifestyle.

    7. CENTRE OF THE LEGAL PROTECTION FOR SEXUAL MINORITIES HIV-POSITIVES AND SEX-WORKERS

    The programme was supported by the USAID (COUNTERPART ALLIANCE FOUNDATION). The work began in late spring by establishment of the Information Centre on the problems of STDs and AIDS prevention. Four leaflets STOP AIDS - for gays, lesbians, sex-workers and HIV positives have been edited and distributed among youth.

    8. BULETAIN SALUS

    The buletain SALUS is edited by the SALUS Foundation once three months. It was published in September and in December 1998.

    9. UKRAINIAN DEPARTMENT OF THE EIC "AIDS & YOUTH"

    The regional Ukrainian department of the European Information Centre (EIC) AIDS & YOUTH has been created in Lviv thanks to cooperation with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ukraine and (EIC) AIDS & YOUTH from the Netherlands. On the eve of the World AIDS Day the sculpture competition YOUTH AGAINST AIDS has been organised.

    10.SEXUAL EDUCATION FOR YOUTH

    The programme of Youth Sexual Education is prepared thanks to the help of the HealthProm (UK). It foresees the training for teachers, physicians and midwifes performed by the experienced trainers from the UK. It is planned to start in summer 1999.

    PHOENIX

    The Foundation’s staff have prepared the programme PHOENIX which consists of 30 projects which would enable the development and extension of the Foundation’s activities. The SALUS Foundation is looking for possibilities of partnership between Lviv’s STD Centre and Rape Crisis Centre and the same centres in the European countries and USA.

    Possible projects include:

    1. Information and Prevention

    • Establishment of the Regional Youth Education Traininng Centre on the Problems of HIV/AIDS and STDs Prevention
    • Development of Peer-Education Network Among Secondary and High School Students in Lviv (HIV/AIDS prevention training for peer-educators)
    • Establishment of STDs/HIV Telephone Helplines Network in 8 Cities of Western Ukraine
    • Establishment of the Film Studio SALUS for Creation of Videomaterials on STD and HIV Prevention
    • Establishment of the Mobile HIV/STDs Prevention Centre INFORMOBILE
    2. Diagnostic and Treatment
    • Establishment of Network of STD Centres in 8 Cities of Western Ukraine (Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsik, Chernivtsi, Lutsk, Rivne, Uzhorod, Ternopil, Chmelnitsky)
    • Implementation of the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) diagnostic: for creation of the 1st West Ukrainian Reference STDs/HIV Laboratory
    • Implementation of New Methods of STDs Management
    • Establishment of the Department for AIDS Patients on the Basis of the Lviv Hospital of Infectious Diseases
    3. Work with the Groups of HIV/STDs High-Risk Behavior
    • Butterflies’ Return - Developing Medical, Diagnostic and HIV/AIDS Prevention Service for Victims of Trafficking in Women
    • STDs and HIV/AIDS Prevention Provision of the Prisoners and Injective Drug-users
    • Night Girls - prevention of STDs and AIDS among the sex-workers on the area of the Ukrainian-Polish border
    4. Proffesional Training
    • Development of the Training Programme for Genitourinary Staff and Health Advisors of the STD Centres of Western Ukraine
    • Development and Edition the Regional Magazine on STDs and HIV/AIDS for Professionals
    5. Programme ART-antiAIDS
    • Establishment of the SCULPTURE GARDEN ‘ART AGAINST AIDS’
    • Development of the Competition of the Film Scenario about AIDS and Drug Use Prevention (dedicated to the World AIDS Day 99)
    6. Social Care
    • CRAINES - Establishment of the Shelter for the Trafficked Women
    • Establishment of a Pharmaceutic Service PROTYSTOYANNIA (RESISTANCE) to Provide STDs/HIV Sufferers with Medicines
    • Development the Network of Nursers and Social Workers for Taking Care of the Patients with AIDS


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