M.A.C AIDS FUND and HealthRight International and Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health held a joint charitable action in Kyiv dedicated to World AIDS DAY
M.A.C. brand make-up artists organized a workshop on November 29, 2017, for women and young mothers who are clients at HealthRight’s Service Centre for Women and Girls and Halfway House. The charitable action was supported by M.A.C. AIDS Fund and dedicated to World AIDS Day on December 1.
Clients of the HealthRight Service Center in Kyiv knew were excited about the event and patiently awaited the day’s activities. Specialists of HealthRight and the Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health (UFPH) conducted a workshop for a group of woman, girls, and М.А.С make-up artists on HIV and ways of transmission, as well as stigma and discrimination. The specialists also briefed participants on activities of HealthRight Service Centre and the Halfway House, which has been funded by M.A.C. AIDS Fund for the last four years.
М.А.С. artists provided make-up services to the girls and women, and also told them about new cosmetic brands and fashion, and advised them on make-up style. Each participant was able to choose their own personal make style, and the transformation was impressive. The make-up session was followed by a joint discussion over tea where all participants exchanged their impressions, emotions, and discussed future cooperation.
The event was organized within the framework of the project, “Prevention, Treatment and Improving the Quality of Life of the Most Vulnerable Women and Girls in Kyiv” implemented by the Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health, HealthRight sub-entity and financed by M.A.C. AIDS Fund for HIV-positive, street people, internally displaced persons (IDPs), victims of violence and at-risk.
HealthRight’s Service Centre and Halfway House provide support to girls and women who either live or spend a considerable part of their lives on the streets, suffered from domestic abuse and other types of violence, are IDPs or victims of conflict in Eastern Ukraine. The Service Centre and Halfway House also support girls and women who are at high-risk for HIV.
In 2017, the Service Centre improved the quality of life for 407 at-risk girls and women by providing complex psychological, social and legal aid. As part of the services provided, the clients received medical treatment, including testing for HIV, hepatitis and other sexually transmitted diseases. This past year, 83 HIV positive women and 16 pregnant mothers received on time diagnostics and had access to treatment. All 16 mothers gave birth to healthy babies.
International Charitable Foundation “Ukrainian foundation for Public Health” and HealthRight International in Ukraine have been working for more than 10 years in the area of HIV prevention amongst girls and women, at-risk groups like women living in the streets, IDPs, HIV positive, victims of violence and in conflict with law.