AFEW International is a Dutch non-governmental humanitarian public health organisation dedicated to improving the health of key populations in society.

With a focus on Eastern Europe and Central Asia, AFEW strives to promote health and increase access to prevention, treatment and care for major public health concerns such as HIV, TB, viral hepatitis, and sexual and reproductive health.

AFEW International works in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and has activities and local partners in almost all countries of the region. Currently together with partners – AFEW-Kazakhstan, AFEW-Kyrgyzstan, AFEW Russia and AFEW-Ukraine – AFEW International has projects in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Georgia and Uzbekistan.

AFEW’s work in public health contributes to a healthy society with healthy individuals and specifically healthy key populations at risk for HIV, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis and other public health concerns in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA.) A healthy society contributes to a strong and stable EECA and results in the region with economic growth, political stability, a higher quality of life and the right to health for everyone.

AFEW International is having a unique position as an Eastern European and Central Asian regional network in public health. The organization recognizes diversity, strengthen regional solidarity, share our knowledge and mobilize communities to fulfill their rights.



The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) is an international research and education institute that works to develop sustainable solutions to major health problems. By taking a problem-oriented approach, AIGHD transcends the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines and integrates three fundamental activities into one institute:

  • research
  • education & capacity building
  • policy & impact

AIGHD was initiated as a partnership between the Amsterdam UMC, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Today, it is a dynamic research and education institute that thrives on intense collaboration among experts from multiple disciplines including biomedicine, economics and social and behavioral sciences. With its interdisciplinary and translational approach, AIGHD addresses the most critical medical, social, economic and political challenges in global health and development that cut across national and political borders.