Mission and Purpose of the Organization

Convictus is a non-governmental organization that operates in three countries – Sweden, Estonia and Ukraine – and provides assistance to vulnerable populations to improve their quality of life and health. The Organization was established in Ukraine in 2006. For 10 years now, Convictus has been partnering with government institutions and NGOs to implement programs to fight HIV infection, TB and other socially dangerous diseases, improve the social reintegration of ex-prisoners into community and provide assistance to women victims of violence.


Our mission is to provide effective social assistance in Ukraine based on the principles of equality, justice and respect for human rights.

Our Guiding Principles:

  • Tolerance and respect for every individual and each person’s choice;
  • Confidentiality, anonymity and data protection;
  • Stakeholder involvement in priority setting;
  • Openness to cooperation and partnership;
  • No religious or political bias in the Organization.

Our Target Groups:

  • Persons who use drugs;
  • Sex workers;
  • Immediate environment (family and friends) of drug users;
  • People on probation for drug-related offences;
  • Female ex-prisoners;
  • Youth (under 25 years old);
  • Internally displaced women, victims of violence;
  • Government and public sector organizations.

Main work approaches to pursuing our mission:

  • Capacity building and broad cooperation;
  • Gender sensitivity;
  • Professional service delivery to the Organization’s target groups;
  • Peer-to-per specialized care and support;
  • Unity in vision and commitment to the mission of the Organization;
  • Flexibility in responding to changes in drug scenes, legislation and other impacts.

Our Values:

  • Democratic governance;
  • Sensitivity and commitment to the needs of our clients;
  • Planning and development;
  • Teamwork and reliability;
  • Positive public image and unity;
  • Human rights.

2017-2019 Strategic Priority Areas of “Convictus Ukraine”:

Strategic Priority Area 1.

Preventing the spread of HIV and other socially dangerous diseases (STIs, TB, Hepatitis) among the most at-risk populations and ensuring access of key populations to health care and treatment.

Strategic Priority Area 2.

Promoting criminal justice, health care (public health acre) and social policy reforms in Ukraine.

Strategic Priority Area 3.

Mobilizing women to end domestic and gender-based violence; strengthening and empowering internally displaced women; protecting women’s rights and promoting gender equality.

Strategic Priority Area 4.

Strengthening organizational capacity.

Our History

Convictus was established in Sweden in 1986 by HIV-positive people, activists, journalists and social workers who decided to join efforts in the fight against HIV epidemic.

Convictus has been operating the centers for the HIV-positive, drug users, alcohol dependent and homeless in Stockholm for 35 years. These people are given an opportunity to start their lives again and improve their emotional state and health.

Convictus Estonia was established in October 2002 with the support of Convictus Sweden. The organization is engaged in harm reduction programs, drug counseling, work in prisons, and peer support groups for HIV-positive people. Convictus Estonia actively participates in campaigns aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination against people who use drugs.

Convictus Ukraine started its operations in 2006 with the support of Convictus Sweden and the Sida International Development and Cooperation Agency. A group of Ukrainian activists began to implement the ideas of Convictus and provide assistance to convicts and drug dependent persons in Kyiv. The first project of Convictus Ukraine was supporting the social reintegration of persons on probation for drug use. Representatives of Convictus Ukraine partnered with the Department for the Execution of Punishments in Kyiv and Kyiv Oblast to provide services to persons on probation on the territory of criminal penal inspections. Convictus operated in Ukraine as a Swedish organization until 2007 when it was officially registered as the All-Ukrainian charitable organization. In 2008, Convictus Ukraine opened the Convictus Community Center designed to provide assistance to people who have drug abuse problems, and in 2009, with the support of the ICF Alliance of Public Health, launched HIV prevention programs for the most-at-risk populations. Today, the programs cover more than 10,000 people a year.

In 2010, the Halfway House was established within the Three-Step Probation and Post-Prison Reintegration Program in Ukraine Project funded by SIDA and supported by the Swedish Prison and Probation Service and the State Department of Ukraine for Execution of Sentences. This is a unique institution, free of charge and free from any political or religious bias, that helps women released from prison make a successful transition to life outside. Today, the Center successfully operates in the Kharkiv region.

In 2013, Convictus Ukraine focused on capacity building and expanding its operations, programs and projects into new areas. Investing in organizational capacity opened doors to new initiatives and unleashed new opportunities.

In 2016, Convictus Ukraine launched programs aimed at countering domestic and gender-based violence and assisting internally displaced women and started developing cooperation and public participation in policy making.

Today, Convictus Ukraine is committed to ensuring equal rights to healthcare and social security and improving the quality of life of vulnerable populations. We have a wide network of partners among government and public sector organizations that are open to cooperation in achieving a common goal.

  • Registration Date: 14 June 2007
  • Document No: Series А01, Certificate No. 625752
  • Issued by: Shevchenkivska Regional State Administration in Kyiv
  • Founded by: NGO Convictus Sweden



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