On 21-22 January 2015, in Astana (Kazakhstan) a consultative high-level meeting was held with the aim of discussing the progress, barriers and ways to improve access to services for people who inject drugs.
On 9-11 December 2014, for the first time, a joint delegation mobilized by EHRN participated in the 35th UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB).
EHRN continues to work actively in advocating for human rights of PWUD: advocacy of human rights of people who use drugs will remain among key priorities for EHRN for the coming strategic period.
EHRN, Alliance-Ukraine, and ECUO agreed to create a joint mechanism for the coordination of knowledge management and capacity building in the region.
Eight regional networks of Eastern Europe and Central Asia representing communities affected by HIV infection have agreed to join efforts to achieve sustainable access to provision of HIV care continuum.
From November 2014, Lithuania is joining the Regional Program “Harm Reduction Works – Fund It!” funded by the Global Fund.
While the world is witnessing decline in the numbers of new HIV infections, the HIV epidemic in EECA continues to expand.
On 25 November 2014, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence starts. Joining the campaign, WAV campaign partners will organize round table discussions with the law enforcement representatives and other community stakeholders.
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.