On July 17th, 2009 All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS conducted the Third UNGASS Forum in Ukraine. The Forum was run in the framework of the project “Monitoring UNGASS-AIDS Goals in Sexual and Reproductive Health” supported by Gestos – Seropositivity and funded by Ford Foundation.
The main aim of the meeting was to introduce the Project to the main stakeholders and to come to agreement about cooperation in the process of conducting research; including the results into the National UNGASS report and further advocacy activities.
The meeting started with informing of the 2007-2008 project results, presented by Olga Gvozdetska, the Director of Program Department. Participants of the meeting discussed the results of the research, recommendations done by the research group and gave their feedback on changes happened since last year.
The 2009-2010 project goals were presented by Olga Gvozdetska and Oksana Bryzhovata, Head of Innovative Projects Unit. At the same time opportunities for incorporation of the future research results were discussed by participants of the meeting.
By the end of the meeting the research group was created from the Forum participants. The research instruments were presented to the group, discussed and agreed upon.
It was decided to discuss the further advocacy activities later, when the research will be completed and evidence base for advocacy campaign is ready.
A few days later the project was presented to the National Group for Monitoring and Evaluation led by Dr. Ani Shakarishvili, UNAIDS Country Coordinator in Ukraine. It was previously agreed that the research results will be included into the respective narrative sections of the National UNGASS Report with the concurrence of the National M&E Group.