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On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation and the PinchukArtCentre opens the exhibitionWhere Theres a Will, Theres a Way

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation, the PinchukArtCentre and the ANTIAIDS Foundation present a special exhibition dedicated to the theme of HIV/AIDS in contemporary art, entitled Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way. The exhibition opens ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December and bridges artists’ early response to AIDS in the US in the 1980-90s with today’s urgent need to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in Ukraine.

The project includes iconic works by Damien Hirst, Ai Weiwei, Nan Goldin and Félix González-Torres. Five new pieces were created especially for the exhibition, including a large scale outdoor video projection by Tony Oursler; a multimedia project created by Nan Goldin in Ukraine in the lead up to the exhibition; a video by Ai Weiwei; a photo by Sergiy Bratkov; and a performance by Ilya Chichkan.

Photo-reports: vernissageworks of exhibitionpress preview.

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For the first time in history of Ukraine AIDS retreats
For the first time in the history of Ukraine HIV/AIDS epidemic slowed down - according to the official statistics in 2012, the rate of HIV infection (number of new cases of HIV infection) were lower than in 2011. This is the result of national programs, which worked with vulnerable groups and massive information campaigns on prevention of HIV/AIDS. Ukraine has once again proved that prevention has been the most effective tool in the fight against AIDS.
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OHMATDET reloaded

The main clinic of Ukraine received modern software for the medical support of HIV-positive children as a gift.

The treatment center for children with HIV-infection and AIDS, which is situated in capital OHMATDET, received a rare present. The Medical Information System MCMED was installed in the main children clinic of Ukraine, oriented on HIV-infection, thanks to Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation and UkrSibbank. It combines a general secure database of patients of the medical center, conducting electronic case history inpatient and clinic, as well as its long-term storage. Eventually, these changes will prolong life and improve health of HIV-positive children and doctors’ job will become easier and more efficient.

The work of physicians will reduce the amount of paper writings thanks to this technological revolution and doctors will be able to spend more time with their young patients. In addition, the new software will improve and simplify the administration of the clinic, systematic monitoring and assessment of the health of HIV-positive children, planning and monitoring special anti-retroviral therapy for them, formation of analytical reports for each individual child through the clinic will be carried out.

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The dreams come true! More than 1 000 HIV-positive children will receive the presents they dreamt about by the New Year and Christmas!

Today on Saint Nikolas Day the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation announced the first results of the “Dreams come true!” project – during the first 19 days of winter the foundation collected the New Year and Christmas presents for more than 1 000 HIV-positive children from all the regions of Ukraine. Thousands of Ukrainians who decided to try the role of Santa Claus gave the gifts or made the donations for fulfilling the children New Year’s wishes and Christmas hopes gathered at a special web site mrii.in.ua.

Today, about 200 gifts are already presented to the little dreamers. Ahead is the hard work of dozens of social workers, who will take care that every donation, every gift would arrive quickly to their new owners. But the goal of this project - to engage in charity as many people as possible, to unite them for a good cause - has been already achieved.

During 19 days at about 60 thousand unique visitors visited the web the site mrii.in.ua and looked through more than a half of a million web pages. The majority of the donors are young advanced inhabitants of the big cities. This is confirmed not only by the geography of visitors - Kiev, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Donetsk, Odessa, Zaporozhye, Lvov – but by the fact that nearly 20 percent of visits to the site were made via mobile devices.

For those who did not have time to take part in the project, there is still a chance - the information at the project website continues to be updated and the list of the children's wishes can be replenished.
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New Year postcards of kindness

In December 2012 Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation suggested Ukrainians a new way to make a Christmas miracle and fulfill dreams of young HIV-positive citizens of Ukraine - New Year and Christmas charity postcards. The Foundation has been making such charity events for two years. With these stylish New Year mail or e-mail greetings people can send their Christmas wishes to friends, relatives, colleagues or partners, and at the same time to make donation to a good cause. This model became popular in Europe and overseas long ago. Now the fashion for "mailing charity" has finally reached Ukraine.

Post- and e-mail cards created by famous Ukrainian artist Evgenia Gapchinska were presented during Ukrainian exhibition of postcards, that took place in Kyiv main post-office. These sentimental postcards, that appeared on the initiative of the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation, will be sold at departments of "Ukrposhta" in Kiev, and from January - in Donetsk, Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv, Uzhgorod, Kharkov, and also in the Internet. All funds raised will be directed to the newly established rehabilitation center for HIV-positive children in Makeyevka orphanage.

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50 best Ukrainian dance clubs join World AIDS Day

On December 1st on the World AIDS Day Club Digital Platform Reactor and Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation will organize thematic parties in the top 50 Ukrainian clubs. Each club will hand out Dolphi condoms to their guests. Each party will be broadcasting ANTIAIDS social videos and The Maneken video clip shot for Safe Connection project. Every visitor of the club, who will decide to get HIV test afterwards will be able to choose the nearest testing location, using an interactive map maps.in.ua, created by the Foundation with the support of Google Ukraine.

Information about parties and the list of clubs participating is available in social networks at Safe Connection account, the project focused on HIV/AIDS and safe sex and supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation.
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