5 March 2014
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
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
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.
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
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.
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?’
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!
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.
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
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.