2020 has been a tremendous challenge for health care systems worldwide, including countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Progress in combating infectious diseases that had been achieved in the last decade has been threatened. The COVID-19 pandemic has heated many economic and social problems, which in turn negatively affect ensuring epidemiological well-being of the population.

Combating epidemics is one focus of the Russian Federation’s State Policy within the framework of development aid. Russia has taken a leading role in combating epidemics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, thus helping to achieve sanitary and epidemiological well-being in the region and actively involved in combating epidemics in Africa, Asia-Pacific region and globally.

With less than 10 years to go to reach our common goal of ending AIDS by 2030, UNAIDS has been developing the next global AIDS strategy. The new strategy, with new global targets for 2025 and resource needs estimates, will shape the next United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS and its political declaration. 2021 marks the re-evaluation of approaches related to ensuring sanitary and epidemiological well-being of the population.

It is crucial to evaluate the challenges and successes through this period and to set priorities for further actions related to combating infections by 2030.  With this in mind, the Rospotrebnadzor, with support from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance and in collaboration with UNAIDS will organize an international conference in Moscow –  Epidemiological Well-Being.