24 organizations representing civil society signed an Open Letter addressed to the Global Fund Board members pleading to hear their concerns relating to the new funding model.
The current EHRN strategy concludes in December 2014, so we’ve spent the last three months reviewing that strategy and preparing a new one. Earlier this fall, a consultancy called The Focus Group examined the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the current strategic plan to define the way forward for EHRN Strategy 2015 – 2019.
On November 10 – 11, 2014, a national consultative meeting called “Improving Access to Services for HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support of People who Inject Drugs” was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The meeting was organized by UNAIDS with the participation of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN).
East Europe and Central Asia Union of PLWH (ECUO) and Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the development of a Concept Note to be submitted to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund).
On 29-30 October, 2014, EHRN participated in UNDP regional Conclusive Regional Dialogue on HIV, Rights and Universal Access in Eastern Europe: Successes, Lessons Learned, Next Steps supported by the European Commission, that was held in Tbilisi, Georgia.
On October 27-29, 2014, participants from Eastern European countries discussed issues of drug policies at the training on harm reduction for local drug policies. The event was organized by Eurasian Harm Reduction Network and European Harm Reduction Network in partnership with French National Harm Reduction Association. Training was held at the EHRN office in Vilnius and brought together 8 participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, , Lithuania Macedonia, Romania, and Slovakia.
On November 1, the International Drug Users' Day, Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) team expresses its support to and emphasizes the importance of the drug user activism.
On October 5-8, 2014, the 2nd International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health (LEPH) took place in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The event brought together around 300 police officers, public health practitioners, academics and policy makers to examine, review, assess, share and learn from each other how to best build effective law enforcement and public health partnerships.
EHRN is looking for a consultant-facilitator to conduct the meeting and work with the stakeholders to further develop of 3-year vision of EHRN regional-level advocacy for sustainable harm reduction funding, to develop the theory of change and power map, and to draft a year by year regional advocacy strategy.
Commemorating the International Day of Non-Violence (October 2, 2014), EHRN presents a video where activists and human rights experts call women who use drugs to fight violence against them.
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".