Asia and Eastern Europe
In Asia and Eastern Europe injecting drug use is a key cause of new HIV infections. We are supporting marginalised groups who are most at risk of HIV.
Asia and Eastern Europe face similar challenges when it comes to HIV prevention and treatment. Marginalised and criminalised groups are disproportionately affected by HIV and efforts to protect their rights met with mixed results. In many countries in this region, like Ukraine, Indonesia and Vietnam, injecting drug use is a key cause of new HIV infections.
Our programmes are designed to respond to local need but range from needle exchanges to HIV programmes aimed at improving healthcare services specifically for sex workers, men who have sex with men and people living with HIV.
Did you know?
- HIV infections have increased by 72% in Eastern Europe and Central Asia since 2010. In contrast, infections have fallen by 12% in Asia and the Pacific.
- Deaths due to AIDS-related causes have increased by 24% in Eastern Europe and Central Asia since 2010. In contrast, deaths have fallen by 28% in Asia and the Pacific.
- Almost half (48%) of new HIV infections in Eastern Europe and Central Asia are among people who use drugs. In Asia and the Pacific, this figure is 17%.
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