|BRAMA: Social Issues in Ukraine||Saturday, December 02, 2023, 06:00 EST|
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 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.)
Sluzhynska Olexandra MD PhD, gynecologist, director of the Medical Diagnostic Centre ASTAR, Regional representatives of Ukraine in the European Information Centre YOUTH & AIDS.
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:
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:
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.
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