Last week, 20 Romanian NGOs addressed the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in an open letter calling for support to rebuild the country’s HIV prevention programs for key populations. The donor left the country in 2010 and HIV rates have only increased since. This is just one of many calls for global solidarity among countries in Southern-Eastern Europe where so-called key populations, including people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, trans* people, prisoners and sex workers—are being left behind by their governments and donors. Across the globe, middle-income countries like Romania face similar challenges.
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