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Inna Gavrilova: Minus Virus is an online guide on access to HIV, TB and viral hepatitis treatment in EECA

December 13, 2017

A material about the Minus Virus portal was presented at the EECAAC2018. Inna Gavrilova, MV editor-in-chief and marketing communications manager in ECUO PLWH, told about the portal and the plans for the near future. We thank Tatiana Yevlampieva for drafting the material.

Nowadays the Minus Virus platform is an online media created and coordinated by the ECUO Secretariat. This is an online guide on access to treatment of HIV, TB and viral hepatitis in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In terms of its functionality and purpose, it is an information hub that combines up-to-date information on the continuum of services and the “voice of the EECA community”.

Online portal Minus Virus is an open platform for strengthening the voice of the EECA community.

We are open for cooperation. Minus Virus posts relevant news, blogs, publications from organizations and activists working in the field of access to HIV, TB and hepatitis treatment. After all, it is your activity which allows the portal readers to quickly get high-quality first-hand information.

The project team includes editor-in-chief, leading editor, website administrator and blog authors.

The website was launched in December 2016 as a Resource Hub – an online library containing advocacy publications on access to HIV treatment. During the first 2 months of operation, the platform was transformed into an online news resource and has been publishing regional news on a daily basis.

In September, the platform was completely rebooted. Updates were related both to the visual design and structure – new sections, such as “blogs”, “news”, “ART in EECA”, “EECA CAB” were introduced.

The project is unique because of its highly specialized nature: we write only about the continuum of HIV care, tuberculosis and viral hepatitis, we cover the most urgent news of the EECA, we collect only the most important publications in the Resource Hub, we publish information about antiretroviral therapy procurement prices in the countries of the region, share unique blogs, the most interesting interviews, useful contacts of key population groups in regional and country committees.

Our small team processes tons of information daily to select the most relevant one and make it available for the regional readers. I think that we are doing it quite well.

We are about to launch a calendar of events that may be interesting for activists and experts in the area of access to treatment. But we’re not going to stop there, we plan to develop the digital capacity of the platform to make it more interactive.

The content of the Minus Virus website is potentially useful/interesting for:

  • HIV activists and representatives of key populations who are advocating for access to treatment both on the national and regional level;
  • State officials working in health authorities of EECA countries;
  • Donor organizations that provide funding for HIV/AIDS, TB and viral hepatitis;
  • Representatives of international organizations that provide technical assistance and carry out advocacy activities for ensuring access to treatment.

If you have something to share with the regional audience about the best/worst practices of the continuum of services – welcome to our blog or interview. If you want to stay tuned for the most relevant regional events − subscribe to the newsletter, follow the news on the site/in social networks. However, the most important thing is that the Minus Virus is an advocacy platform, open to activists.

As we are growing, we invite content managers and journalists to cooperate. Contact us at pr@ecuo.org, if you are able to quickly and efficiently cover current events, or are well-versed with such topics as access to treatment, or you want to improve your journalism skills in the field of access to treatment, or you have ideas on how improve the Minus Virus platform right now.”

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