Mykolaiv – a riverside city in southern Ukraine – has faced many challenges during the current crisis. Yet, after many people were forced to flee, medical personnel bravely stayed behind to provide care and treatment to patients living with HIV and other citizens who remain.
“Despite the difficult situation in the city, our clinic continues to provide treatment and care, day or night, for our nearly 6,000 patients living with HIV,” said Dr. Larysa Kolomiets, Acting Director of the Mykolaiv Regional Center of Palliative Care and Integrated Services, an AHF partner. “We would like to express our gratitude to the AHF Ukraine team for the ongoing support of both medical staff and patients. Patients can be tested, receive diagnosis and treatment for opportunistic infections, and access condoms and hygiene products. We hope our cooperation with AHF will continue for many years to come!”
Hear from Mykolaiv Regional Center of Palliative Care and Integrated Services staff on their experiences delivering HIV/AIDS care and treatment during crisis.
The Center personnel often work irregular hours due to internet and electricity outages. Staff are constantly looking for patients who have trouble accessing their medications. But no matter where they are, patients living with HIV get their ART on time thanks to the dedication of Center staff.