Meet the 2012 CRP
In early 2012, HYLF held a grant cycle focused in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Below are the young people who served on the CRP for this grant cycle.
Uliana currently is the Director of Women Program at Association PROI in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Over the years, her work has focused on reaching young people who use drugs and sex workers with prevention, treatment, care and support. During her seven years working in HIV prevention on local and national levels in Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Uliana has gained practical skills in planning, implementation and supervision of projects; development of program strategies; and monitoring and evaluation. Over the last four years, Uliana has focused specifically on development and implementation of specific programs for women who use drugs, including harm reduction projects.
Cholpon works as the Programme Officer of the Central Asia Regional HIV/AIDS Programme (CARHAP). The programme focuses on HIV prevention among key affected populations: people who use injection drugs, sex workers and prisoners in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. As Programme Officer, Cholpon supervises the projects including monitoring and evaluation of service delivery, budget management and capacity building of service providers. She hopes that her experience on the HYLF CRP will help her to improve the HIV situation among young people in her country by selecting the most qualified and worthy initiatives for support.
Maria currently serves as Assistant to the Executive Director of “E.V.A.” – Equity. Verity. Advocacy., a partnership that works to increase the quality of life of women affected by HIV and other diseases and their families in Russia. She has specific experience working with young women affected by HIV and people who use drugs. Maria recently took part in organizing direct actions aimed at changing the situation with stock-outs in HIV-treatment in St Petersburg, as well as several prevention actions aimed towards vulnerable groups and civil society. Maria has also facilitated a peer support group for PLHIV and participated in a peer support group for women.
Selbi is an independent researcher and activist from Central Asia with extensive experience in peer education andmobilization, public interventions and awareness building campaigns focused on gender and sexual justice, formal and alternative fundraising, advocacy and strategic planning. She contributes a political and critical feminist perspective to her work in HIV. Selbi is currently planning, forming and soon launching the Bishkek Feminist Collective Subbotnik Q in Kyrgyzstan. Selbi was also a member of the 2010 HYLF Community Review Panel for HYLF’s global grant cycle.
Peer Resource to the CRP:
Zulaika currently dedicates her time providing technical support and enthusiasm to Kyrgyzstan’s harm reduction initiatives. Recently, she consulted with Ganesha, a group of young female drug users looking to integrate a human rights approach into their advocacy efforts. She is a Senior International Working Group member with Youth RISE. Zulaika is the Public Health Program Coordinator at the Soros Foundation – Kyrgyzstan, working with the Harm Reduction Division. She has been with the Soros Foundation since 2008, during which time she’s coordinated operational and grant activities in the following areas: mental health, harm reduction, sexual health and rights, health budget monitoring and advocacy, access to essential medicines, law and health, health media, and palliative care. Zulaika holds a BA in International and Comparative Politics from the American University – Central Asia and a Master 2 in Law and Management of Health and Social Institutions (Droit et management des structures sanitaires et sociales) from Université Jean MOULIN LYON III.