The region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) is home to the fastest growing HIV and HCV epidemics and the highest rates of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) in the world. According to WHO, 2013 there were 80% more new HIV cases in Europe compared to 20041. UNAIDS considers the EECA as the only region in the world where HIV prevalence continues to grow2. At the same time, in many countries of the European region, rates of MDR-TB3 are alarming. EECA has the world’s highest rates of new TB patients with MDR-TB4, which has become an epidemic on its own, and TB is among one of the leading causes of death of HIV positive people in the region. Moreover, in many countries hepatitis C prevalence nears 80% in people who use drugs5 and the number of related deaths rises yearly.
Please read the open letter to the Prime Minister of Estonia signed by 66 organisations from 34 European countries: CSO letter to Estonia’s PM FINAL