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Social Bureau Kovcheg, Kazakhstan

Social Bureau Kovcheg was established in 2006 in the Taldykorgan region of Kazakhstan. As a part of the Social Support – a network of NGOs supporting those in need - it has as its main goals reduction of incidence of HIV/AIDS, raising awareness about and provision of services to people with higher risk behavior, such as injecting drug users, former convicts, and sex workers. More

Contact person: Svetlana Saduakasova
Email: fsz@mail.ru

Social Bureau Kovcheg was established in 2006 in the Taldykorgan region of Kazakhstan. As a part of the Social Support – a network of NGOs supporting those in need - it has as its main goals reduction of incidence of HIV/AIDS, raising awareness about and provision of services to people with higher risk behavior, such as injecting drug users, former convicts, and sex workers.
Bureau Kovcheg, run by 7 people, is financially supported by the East-West Foundation and the Municipal Board on Employment and Social Programs. Although it works with various target groups, the main focus is on sex workers. It is due to the fact that members of volunteer personnel are sex workers who have undertaken training and now engage in peer outreach: dissemination of information booklets and brochures on HIV/AIDS prevention and condoms to sex workers.


The Bureau is the Network’s front-organization in the outreach to sex workers: clients are met first by social workers in Kovcheg who lead an information discussion on HIV/AIDS, identify together the client’s needs, develop with them a work plan, and refer them to the partner organization for obtaining other services.


“I know how much it is important to meet people who truly want to help you. Information about HIV/AIDS helps sex workers not to get HIV-infected. I learnt here what outreach work is” – says a sex worker, client of Kovched.


Social Bureau Kovcheg works closely with other partners in the Social Support Network. Twelve organizations are members of the Network: Regional AIDS Center, Municipal AIDS Center, Municipal Coordination Board for Employment and Social Programs, City Dermatovenerologic Dispensary, Regional TB dispensary, Regional Drug Addiction Dispensary, NGO “Galamat”, Charitable Foundation Teen Challenger, the church, and others, who provide medical, social, humanitarian and employment services to people with higher risk behavior.

Contact person: Svetlana Saduakasova
E-mail: fsz@mail.ru

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