Results of the project “Helping HIV-Affected Girls Leave the Street and Transform Their Lives in Ukraine”

Results of the project “Helping HIV-Affected Girls Leave the Street and Transform Their Lives in Ukraine”

For two years HealthRight International in Ukraine and ICF “Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health”, together with the Kyiv City Centre of Social Services for Family, Children and Yoth have implemented comprehensive care model women and girls who are vulnerable to HIV infection. The activities were focused on young women and girls who find themselves in difficult living situation, especially those who are street-involved and/or HIV positive, survivors of violence, pregnant women and new mothers, internally displaced women.


Our organizations strive to provide a continuum of services to clients in order to help them return to a stable life in a safe environment through outreach work, drop-in center and halfway house for pregnant women and mothers with young children. 
HealthRight International and UFPH are pleased to share information about the results of 2 year project implementation in Kyiv, including the following:

  • Established and developed comprehensive service delivery model to women and girls and women in difficult circumstances through the identification, provision of services at the drop-in center, and halfway house for the most vulnerable pregnant women and mothers with young children. The service model has been implemented in close partnership with the Kyiv City Center of Social Services for Family, Children and Youth.
    625 women and girls (clients) received services at the drop-in center and 338 in outreach, as well as 125 male partners and 315 children of clients were provided with services. 235 clients were involved in a comprehensive case management, of which 141 (60%) were successfully completed;
    – center 47 pregnant clients were registered and clinically supervised at prenatal care clinics, including those without passport and other IDs, and 10 pregnant HIV-positive women. Due to in-time prevention and ART all HIV-positive clients delivered healthy HIV-negative babies;
    113 HIV-positive girls and women received services at the drop-in center, including 107 clients who knew about their HIV-positive status before addressing the center. A total of 53 HIV-positive clients received ART, 110 (97%) registered at AIDS Center (including those without passport or other ID);
    – HealthRight tested for HIV a total of 350 streetinvolved and other at-risk young women and girls and their partners, with 5 testing positive. All 5 newly tested HIV positive girls were registered in AIDS center;
    – The drop-in center provides free of charge professional legal, psychological, social services, as well as services of social care teacher for children and parents and counseilng with health worker; testing for HIV, STIs, hepatitis. Also the center offers a range of preventive training, behavior change program for men who commit violence and empowering tyraining program for wome who have suffered from violence; the children’s room;
    – In May 2013 HealthRight opened the first halfway house in Kyiv for pregnant women and young mothers. A total of 21 young mothers, inluding 2 HIV-positive, and 23 their children received residence based rehabilitation services at the halfway house. Fifteen cases were successfully closed, all client stayed with their children;
    – HealthRight supported the halfway house for pregnant women and new mothers in Donetsk run by the local NGO. A total of 50 women and 55 their children received shelter and services at the halfway house, with 34 women successfully completet their case managenet and transitioned to independent living. Unfortunately, due to the armed conflict in the city and region, the center currently does not work, all clients have been evacuated to neigboiring regions and received services in new locations;
    – Staff of the HealthRight drop-in center and halfway house underwent over 15 trainings held by bothe Ukrainian and international trainers in the field of social services;
    – A network of 60 state and non-governmental organizations were engaged in HealthRight partner and referral network in order to provide clients with the widest continuum of care.
  • Service Center
    To date, these activities in Kyiv have been implemented with the support Elton John AIDS Foundation, Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation “Development of Ukraine”, Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS, MAC AIDS Fund, UN WOMEN and Johnson & Johnson.