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Civil society organizations have played an important role in connecting people affected by diseases such as HIV or TB and healthcare workers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its harsh restrictive measures. The COVID-19 related travel restrictions and quarantine policies affected individuals belonging to vulnerable groups who, more than ever, needed support.

The Alliance for Public Health documented on its Facebook page examples of successful work conducted by civil society organizations in the region under a single hashtag #завжинапередовій (#AlwaysAtTheFrontline).

These include the provision of personal protective equipment for employees and clients of partner organizations, success in actively identifying people affected by diseases, social support for patients, maintenance of substitution therapy programs, assistance with transportation during a total stop of passenger traffic due to quarantine, awareness of medical and social workers about the features of COVID-19, infection control, personal protection methods, and much more.

The issues that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially when governments and community representatives of medical and social services were too overwhelmed by the number and complexity of requests, once again proved that civil society is a reliable and strong partner in delivering care and protecting the rights of key groups to access essential and people-centred health services.

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In the lead-up to UHC Day 2020 (“Health for All: Protect Everyone”), we are highlighting how CSEM member organizations are contributing to ensure the COVID-19 response protects everyone and keeping momentum going for universal health coverage amid the crisis. See more.

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