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.

10 July 2014

Nora Kriauzaite, Advocacy and Communications Officer, Eurasian Harm Reduction Network

National response to the injection drug use driven HIV epidemics, including funding for harm reduction programs, is shaped by a complex interplay across socio-cultural, economic, political, and legal environments.This situation can either enable the governments and civil society to support implementation of harm reduction, or lead to stigmatization of people who use drugs, thereby denying them the needed services and failing to allocate funding for these services. Several critical factors contribute to building an enabling environment for national harm reduction funding.

26 June 2014

Anna, Ukraine

Since May 2014, several Ukrainian towns in Donetsk regions have been facing new reality: gunmen, explosions, torture and killings. Hereby we would like to share with you how these events affect people who use drugs and people living with HIV in Ukraine.

11 April 2014

Erika Matuizaite, EHRN Advocacy and Communications Officer

“We are told that we are not adherent and that treatment is not effective for our community or that we will only go out and get re-infected. All of this is to devalue our lives and is based on stigma, misinformation, and a failure to meaningfully engage with our community”

10 March 2014

Svetlana, Uzbekistan

If you have children, then I’m sure I don’t have to explain a parent’s anguish when they realize that they can’t help their own child. The life of my only daughter is in your hands, and I turn to you hoping for compassion and kindheartedness.

6 March 2014

Ludmila Vince, Head of Charitable NGO "Chance Plus", Yekaterinburg, Russia

6 out of 11. These figures have nothing to do with the ‘Sportloto’ lottery. These figures are gravely serious. 6 out of 11 women tested for HIV are HIV-positive.

5 March 2014

Nora Kriauzaite, Advocacy and Communications Officer, EHRN

On January 29, 2014 in Vilnius, Lithuania, the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) organized a panel session on Best Practices of National Harm Reduction Financing. The panel included representatives of state institutions from Estonia, Lithuania, and Ukraine, who shared their experience and future plans for the transition from donor-dependent harm reduction financing to a national harm reduction funding model.

16 December 2013

Eka Iakobishvili, Human Rights Program Manager

My first blog assignment has come. I am off to interview my first guest Dato Otiashvili, president of Alternativa Georgia, a drug policy NGO in Georgia, and a former chairperson of Eurasian Harm Reduction Network. He has been a leading drug policy expert in the country and the first to champion establishing an independent institute of addiction in Georgia.

5 March 2014

Olga Belyaeva, Technical Support and Information Officer, EHRN

It is the end of February, 2014. I look into the notebook open on my table. On the monitor, there are photos and user pics of women from Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. It is a webinar for our girls – street lawyers. Georgia on air: “Seven women are dying in the street.

Veronica, Kaliningrad

For my first time, I was brought to hospital in an ambulance because I was suffering with fever heat. After fluorography, the doctors reached a verdict: it was double pneumonia. At the time, I used drugs systematically. Nevertheless, my drug addiction didn’t affect the treatment. I didn’t miss injections, I took the pills and didn’t leave the unit. In other words, I was a conscientious patient. I didn’t pay attention to the fact that I had urinary tests every other day.

17 July 2014

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

Do you know the most popular topic for discussion among members of peer help groups for patients participating in the programs of opiate substitution therapy on our website? It is the suspension of Global Fund financing of harm reduction programs in 2016.

Варужан Абраамян (Армения)

Varuzhan Abramyan, Head of NGO ‘Awakening Potential’, Armenia

Opiate Substitution Treatment – it’s our program, and we develop the rules. ‘I’m craving changes in my life, but I’m afraid of cops’, - this is the opinion of one of the participants of the unique research ‘Why don’t potential participants of Opiate Substitution Treatment program in Armenia want to participate in it?’

Vitaly Rabinchuk, member of the Working Committee of Eurasian Network of People Using Drugs, leader of PULSE initiative group, Beltsy, Moldova

Fed up with the police, drug users prefer knocking out in the cemetery. They selected one specific grave of a certain Ivan Petrovich. Now it’s a standard phrase: ‘Well, let’s visit Ivan Petrovich?’ – ‘Of course’. In addition, it’s extremely convenient: in case of overdose, you’re already on-site!

Larisa, Kaliningrad

Starting in July 2013, the initiative group of Eurasian Network of People Using Drugs (ENPUD) from Kaliningrad started implementing a project called ‘FORMATION’. The project is directed at drug users community representatives and the goals are to: strengthen legal security; mobilize and unite the community; and teach them how to defend their rights. The list of services the project provides includes legal consultations, recording cases of rights’ violation, legal and litigation support.

Olga Ponomareva, leader of the community of people using drugs and living with HIV, social worker of the charity organization «Club «Svitanok» (Yenakievo, Ukraine)

It's no secret that women who use drugs are among the most stigmatized group. They perceive this negative attitude towards them as normal. Their life situation is awful: healthcare providers refuse to provide them with medical services, everyone else ignores or scorns them; But, the police are the worst...

17 September 2013

Masha Tvaradze, Independent Consultant for Harm Reduction and TB

The first workshop of the conference was engaging harm reduction programs in provision of TB screening and treatment for people who use drugs. The goal of the workshop was to discuss which services should be prioritized in delivering TB and harm reduction services for people who use drugs and to identify successful strategies and interventions in this area.