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Three financial tools – harm reduction expenditure tracking, unit costing, and harm reduction funding gap tool – will be used by the civil society in order to track harm reduction expenditure, costs, and funding gap in EECA.

On September 7-11, 2014 Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) in cooperation with the Danish Street Lawyers’ organization “Gadejuristen” organized a study visit for a group of street lawyers and harm reduction services providers from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine to Copenhagen, Denmark.

13 organizations and initiative groups of people who use drugs from 9 countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia have been selected within the second round of the EHRN program “Through Peers’ Efforts -2” financial support provided by RCNF and MacAIDS and implemented by EHRN.

Moldova includes naloxone in GF proposal, Georgia changes notification procedures in case of overdose, representatives of six EU countries take part at the peer administration of naloxone and video advocacy training.

The Global Fund has produced a strategic document which defines the conditions under which the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) are eligible to receive grants from the Fund - "Turning the Tide Against HIV and Tuberculosis. Global Fund Investment Guidance for Eastern Europe and Central Asia".

East Europe and Central Asia Union of PLWH (ECUO) has done through the first stage of developing a regional project proposal to the Global Fund and was invited to develop a concept note for funding with the indicative amount of 7,970,293 US dollars. The main objective of the proposal is to improve effectiveness of, and access to, ARV treatment programs through continuous support to PLHIV, with particular emphasis on key populations. Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) is invited as ECUO’s partner and leading sub-recipient.

12 organizations and initiative groups of people who use drugs from Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Tajikistan had been selected to act as sub-sub-recipients within the Regional Program.

July 25, 2014 was the last day of the 20th International AIDS Conference (IAC), which took place in Melbourne (Australia), and where representatives from Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) drew attention of 13,000 conference participants to the critical disablers that make EECA lag behind the rest of the world in terms of access to HIV prevention and treatment services; human rights defense; equity; and accountability of governments for national HIV/AIDS responses.

Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) invites representatives of people who use drugs community from Denmark, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Estonia and Lithuania to participate in a video advocacy training that will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on September 2-5, 2014. Training participants will learn how to develop national advocacy campaigns and improve technical skill of video production. The focus of the training will be on advocacy and campaigning for peer distribution of naloxone in order to reduce the overdose mortality in the European Union.

On 7 - 8 July 2014 Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN), as a partner of the Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main Project “CARE – Quality and Continuity of Care for Drug Users in Prisons” (CARE) held an Overdose Prevention and Management Training Considering Policy and Practice. The project received funding from the Drugs Prevention and Information Program of the European Commission.

Eurasian Harm Reduction Network hosted a meeting with the newly appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health Mr. Danius Puras.

On 1 April 2014 Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) launched a three-year (2014 – 2016) regional program “Harm Reduction Works – Fund It!”, funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). Within the said program EHRN requests for Consultancy Services to develop the training module on Services Monitoring Group (SMG) methodology and deliver national trainings and technical support visits to sub-sub-recipients (SSR).

European Harm Reduction Network (EuroHRN) will organize a training on harm reduction for local drug policies on 27-29 October 2014 in Vilnius Lithuania. Interested activists from Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia are invited to apply.

Today, on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Eurasian Harm reduction Network expresses its deep concern regarding the poor access to the essential medical and social services for people who use drugs (PUD) in countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

A consortium, consisting of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN), the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Harm Reduction (based at Vilnius University Public Health Institute, Faculty of Medicine) has been selected as one of technical assistance providers to projects supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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