Kyiv, Ukraine – Famous singer, public person, and founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation visited Ukraine to raise awareness about AIDS. During his visit, Sir Elton John met with advocates and organizations that work in the area of HIV prevention, health, and LGBT rights. HealthRight International Ukraine and the former clients of the Halfway House for Disadvantaged Pregnant Women and New Mothers had the opportunity to tell Sir Elton John about their work in supporting women in difficult living circumstances and HIV prevention.
Five years ago, due to the support of Elton John AIDS Foundation the Elena Pinchuk Foundation, HealthRight, together with its local partner Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health, opened one of the first shelters for disadvantaged women. Since then, 82 women and 81 children received rehabilitation, legal, and psychosocial support and were able to resolve their issues and improve their lives. Some of them became happy parents of healthy children, have bought a house or started a their own business, and found employment.
“We have worked together to create a much better atmosphere and healthier lifestyle for people with HIV and AIDS to exist in Ukraine,” said Sir Elton during his speech at the charitable event called ‘A Day with Elton John’. He also mentioned that he was hugely inspired by meeting one of the first clients of HealthRight Halfway House and learning how her life has changed for the better with three healthy children, a private house, and happy family. HealthRight International Executive Director, Dr. Peter Navario, also visited the Ukraine Office meeting with partners, donors and staff and visiting the service sites in Kyiv.