On June 9, U.S. Consulate Yekaterinburg representatives attended a Round Table “Modern models of support for HIV-positive children” in Yekaterinburg. The round table was organized on the basis of a one year Russian-American cooperation project “ASSET” (Advanced Support Services, Education, and Treatment) run by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) from the United States and the Novoye Vryemya NGO from Russia. The project was funded through the Department of State’s Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program. This project facilitated the sharing of best practices and clinical expertise between physicians at EGPAF and the Russian NGO Novoye Vremya and helped improve the dialogue between Russian and American doctors, social workers, and communities in the treatment and support of HIV positive children.
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is the global leader in the fight to end AIDS in children. EGPAF is focused on ending AIDS in children and families with a three-pronged focus on research, advocacy, and HIV service delivery in the countries with the greatest HIV burden. Novoye Vremya NGO supports children and adolescents (as well as their families) affected by HIV/AIDS in Yekaterinburg, Russia. EGPAF and Novoye Vremya have also partnered together on a pediatric experience sharing project called, Growing up with HIV – My Story, under which children and adolescents affected by HIV in Washington, DC and Yekaterinburg have created and exchanged pieces of artwork symbolizing their journey with HIV.