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12 October 2015

Katerina Parfenyuk, film-maker.

Interview with Katerina Parfenyuk, a film-maker and a harm reduction activist from the organization Belarusian Public Association Positive Movement.

30 September 2015

Gregory Vergus

Gregory Vergus, who represents the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPCru) and the movement of "Patient monitoring, shares Russia's experience of transition to national funding of access to treatment.

29 September 2015

Ludmila Trukhan

Ludmila Trukhan, Coordinator of activities targeting people who inject drugs of the community organization “Positive movement”, Belarus: the process of transitioning all prevention programs to national funding has already begun.

29 September 2015

Amiran Gamkrelidze

Amiran Gamkrelidze, Director General of the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health of Georgia, shares his views on transition from the Global Fund funding to national funding in Georgia.

23 September 2015

Zaza Karchkhadze

Interview with Zaza Karchkhadze, the Founder and Chairman of the community organization of people who use drugs "Rubiconi", Member of the Coordinating Council of the Eurasian Network of People who Use Drugs (ENPUD) and Board Member of the Georgian Network of People who Use Drugs (GeNPUD).

7 September 2015

Svetlana R., Kazakhstan

If I had a chance to replay my life again, I would never choose the same route. And to those who still use drugs and want to quit, my advice is to try all possible methods. Don’t despair! Everyone has a key and you’ll definitely find it. You have to fight, no matter how hard it is. The most important thing here is the desire to quit.

24 August 2015

David Porchkhidze, Kutaisi, Georgia

We always act with open faces. When we show that we have nothing to hide and we’re not afraid, people begin to see us without prejudice.

17 August 2015

Alisher Ismailov, Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

We present a blog by Alisher Ismailov, former drug user, where he tells his story and expresses his views on harm reduction.

6 August 2015

Eka Iakobishvili

We are publishing an interview with Pavel Bem, Former Mayor of Prague and a Member of Parliament, who also led the Drug Addiction Centre in the Czech Republic and now serves as a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. The interview is published within the series of blog interviews with opinion leaders in the lead-up to UNGASS on World Drugs Problem, 2016.

8 July 2015

Olha Ponamarova, social worker at “Club Svitanok”, Donetsk, Ukraine

It seemed that Ukraine adopted a very good law: ‘On the prevention of domestic violence’. However, experience has shown that it is not working and needs serious revision. What if domestic violence cannot be attributed to any article in the Criminal Code?

25 June 2015

Blog Interview with Michel Kazatchkine, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Interview taken by Eka Iakobishvili, EHRN expert on human rights and drug policies.

Today, on June 26, International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, we are publishing an interview with Michel Kazatchkine, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for AIDS in EECA. The interview is published within the series of blog interviews with opinion leaders in the lead-up to UNGASS on World Drugs Problem, 2016.

26 May 2015

Dejana Rankovic, Serbian Coalition of Harm Reduction Organizations

What do we do when we are in the position of fundraising for extremely unpopular, disputable topic, against well-established stigma, and for a population that is widely discriminated against in the society? Are we on our own to make the public understand what is harm reduction and why is it so important to implement it?

12 May 2015

Alexander Biryukov, Tiraspol, Moldova

I want to see my story give hope to people who are going through a borderline condition, use drugs and are involved in crime. I would like them to not be afraid to change their lives and turn to substitution treatment if that possibility exists.

7 May 2015

Maya Ganesh, Beatrice Martini and Dirk Slater

Dirk Slater has spent the last two decades working with activists and advocates in over 30 countries to improve the effectiveness of their campaigns. He had also consulted EHRN in developing the "Women against Violence“ campaign. The blog post prepared by Dirk and his colleagues presents interesting insights and lessons learned from their work with sex workers communities in Cambodia and India on data generation and its use in advocacy activities.

28 April 2015

Eka Iakobishvili

EHRN Human Rights Expert Eka Iakobishvili has participated in the 13th Crime Congress, which was held in Doha, Qatar on 12-19 April.

7 April 2015

Alexei Kurmanayevsky, former staff member at the Vershina Kazan rehabilitation clinic

Alexei Kurmanayevsky, former staff member at the the Vershina Kazan rehabilitation clinic, recounts how he was harassed and fired because of his views on substitution therapy.

30 March 2015

Blog Interview with Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch, Director of Open Society Global Drug Policy Program. Interview taken by Eka Iakobishvili, EHRN expert on human rights and drug policies

Series of blog interviews with opinion leaders in the lead-up to UN General Assembly Special Sessions on World Drugs Problem, 2016

24 March 2015

Morgana Daniele, Advocacy and Communications Assistant

There were several of them, country representatives, all active and positive, even maximalist in their approach towards the naloxone issue in their homeland, determined to turn the world upside down at a wink of an eye. I have seen people getting aspired to act and bring changes in the system many times, and yet I was surprised by the will sparkling in their eyes to actually GO and DO things. I did not want to turn them down by saying that this might not be that simple…

18 March 2015

Dejana Rankovic, Serbian Coalition of Harm Reduction Organizations

The situation with harm reduction in Serbia is getting increasingly alarming after withdrawal of the GF. Three organizations doing HR programs in Serbia for more than a decade are struggling to maintain services, wanting a different future for their beneficiaries.

13 March 2015

Dasha Ocheret, Deputy Director for Advocacy and Communications, EHRN

Advocacy is when you ask straight questions. Are you sure you don’t have resources to support interventions for key pops in middle-income countries? Have you already decided, or could we talk?

6 March 2015

Eurasian Harm Reduction Network

Commemorating International Women’s Day, Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) launches the 2nd year of the campaign Women against Violence. On this occasion EHRN expert on human rights and drug policies Eka Iakobishvili interviews Campaign ambassador Jim Pugel, Chief Deputy Sheriff from King County Sheriff's Office, Seattle, United States of America.

13 February 2015

Renata Bayazitova, Project Manager, NGO Ganesha (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)

On January 14, 2015, a meeting of PWUD women and Gulsara Aliyeva, a retired police officer and a Country Coordinator at the Police and HIV Network, took place at NGO Asteria.

10 December 2014

Eka Iakobishvili, EHRN expert on human rights and drug policies

On Human Rights Day we talked to EHRN expert on human rights and drug policies Eka Iakobishvili about protection of human rights of people who use drugs and key achievements in the field

9 December 2014

Olga Byelyayeva, Technical Support and Information Program Officer, Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN)

“May I get a syringe from you?” I am asking a guy with swollen hands and a peace sign on his jacket. We are at a mobile outpatient clinic. I am on a business trip in this city. And I saw a familiar bus on the corner by the hotel.

5 December 2014

Natalya Minaeva, social worker at public organization “My House”, Kazakhstan.

In the beginning we all felt uneasy. We had definitely expected sarcasm, smirks and scornful attitude towards everything to be said. But nothing of the kind happened! Everything went great, and, thank God, our "expectations" were not confirmed.

18 November 2014

Olga, Yenakievo, Ukraine

It is not the best of times in Donetsk and Yenakievo now. As the Yenakiyevo Gorzdrav has been disbanded and state employees have not been paid since August, we are left without our infectious disease doctor. However, there is good news as well: due to our consolidated efforts, the Trust Office continues working.

30 October 2014

Anna Dovbakh, Deputy Director for Technical Support and Information, EHRN

On 19-21October 2014, a regional dialogue was held in Tbilisi. It focused on the regional proposal regarding access to treatment for vulnerable groups in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, which is being prepared by ECUO and EHRN for submission to the Global Fund (GF).

17 September 2014

Olga Byelyayeva, Technical Support and Information Program Officer, Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN)

I’d like to share with you a story about an event which made me feel both joy and pain at the same time. The event seems to be quite an ordinary one – it’s just another webinar dedicated to knowledge and rights protection methods for women who use drugs. The location of the event, however, is totally unique...

17 July 2014

Igor Kuzmenko, Member of the Managing Committee, Eurasian Network of People Who Use Drugs, Ukraine

My journey towards OST was a very long, and it took me almost 20 years. Many times I tried different treatments, swore to quit, lied to my loved ones and to myself. Over these years I’ve accumulated a “luggage” that consisted of distrust towards doctors, multiple losses of friends, serious deterioration of my health and health of my relatives, several divorces…

Eka Iakobishvili, Eurasian Harm Reduction Network

15 July 2014

By Eka Iakobishvili, Eurasian Harm Reduction Network

Last week, two major bodies of the UN made inquiries into drug policies and its impact on human rights in Georgia. Questions such as zero tolerant drug policies, money extortion from people who use drugs and the power of police in the context of drug policies in Georgia were posed to the government. And while responding to the questions asked, it seemed that the country is still far from human rights based, coherent drug policies.

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