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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.

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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.

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