United Nations Development Programme

Russian Federation

Living with HIV in Eastern Europe and the CIS: The Human Cost of Social Exclusion
The new Regional Human Development Report was released on 10 December in Moscow at RIA Novosti news agency in conjunction with World AIDS Day 2008 and the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which also falls on 10 December.

The spread of HIV represents a significant challenge to both individual rights and the inclusive socio-economic development of communities the world over. This is equally true in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region, where the number of people living with HIV has more than doubled since 2001. Widespread stigma and discrimination remain an entrenched aspect of daily reality for each of the 1.5 million people living with the virus in the region.

In this regard, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through this special Regional Human Development Report on AIDS in Eastern Europe and the CIS explores the human face of the epidemic, identifying the everyday aspects of vulnerability and the nature and scope of livelihood challenges faced by people living with HIV in the region. Derived from a primary qualitative research, the report calls for specific evidence-based responses to address these issues in a visible and compelling format.

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