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23 June 2017

Alexandras Slatvickis, the chief physician at the Klaipeda Mental Health Center. Alexandras is one of the first doctors in Lithuania to start promoting harm reduction and a humane drug policy in the mid-1990s.

In the framework of the 20th anniversary of EHRN we present a series of talks with people whose names and roles in harm reduction are well known. Throughout the year they will be sharing with us the most valuable things: their experiences, thoughts and memories.

16 June 2017

Ken-Marti Vaher, a stalwart of the conservative Pro Patria and Res Publica Union party and, until recently, a Member of the Estonian Parliament, led the country’s Ministry of Justice between 2003 and 2005. Minister of the Interior between 2011 and 2014.

In the framework of the 20th anniversary of EHRN we present a series of talks with people whose names and roles in harm reduction are well known. Throughout the year they will be sharing with us the most valuable things: their experiences, thoughts and memories.

9 June 2017

Daniel Wolfe is Director of International Harm Reduction Development at the Open Society Foundations, an expert on the intersection of HIV and drug policy, a member of the UN Strategic Advisory Group on HIV and injecting drug use.

In the framework of the 20th anniversary of EHRN we present a series of talks with people whose names and roles in harm reduction are well known. Throughout the year they will be sharing with us the most valuable things: their experiences, thoughts and memories.

2 June 2017

Zaza Karchkhadze is a founder and Chair of the Board of the PUD organization Rubicon (Kutaisi, Georgia), a member of the Board of the Georgian Network of People Who Use Drugs (GeNPUD).

In the framework of celebrating the 20th anniversary of EHRN we present a series of interviews with people whose role in harm reduction is well known. Throughout the year they will be sharing with us the most valuable things: their experience, thoughts and memories.

26 May 2017

John-Peter Kools, the current Chair of the Board of Directors of Harm Reduction International and a former Steering Committee member of the European Harm Reduction Network (EuroHRN).

In the framework of the 20th anniversary of EHRN we present a series of talks with people whose names and roles in harm reduction are well known. Throughout the year they will be sharing with us the most valuable things: their experiences, thoughts and memories.

19 May 2017

Oleg Aizberg, PhD is a psychiatrist. He is an Assistant Professor at the Psychiatry and Narcology Department of the Belarusian Medical Academy of Post-Graduate Education (BelMAPO) in Minsk.

In the framework of EHRN’s 20-th anniversary we present a series of interviews with people whose role in harm reduction is well known. Throughout the year they will be sharing with us the most valuable things: their experience, thoughts and memories.

11 May 2017

Paata Sabelashvi founded Georgia’s first-ever LGBT organization, and worked with a range of organizations in the areas of harm reduction, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and STIs. Since 1 January 2017 – Advocacy Coordinator Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM).

In the framework of the 20th anniversary of EHRN we present a series of talks with people whose names and roles in harm reduction are well known. Throughout the year they will be sharing with us the most valuable things: their experiences, thoughts and memories.

5 May 2017

Jean-Paul Grund was the founding director of the International Harm Reduction Development Program of the Open Society Institute (OSI) and a Technical Advisor at UNAIDS. He is a Senior Research Associate at the Utrecht Addiction Research Center.

In the framework of the 20th anniversary of EHRN we present a series of talks with people whose names and roles in harm reduction are well known. Throughout the year they will be sharing with us the most valuable things: their experiences, thoughts and memories.

28 April 2017

Alexandra Volgina is a co-founder of the charitable organization Svecha. She is one of the first people in St. Petersburg and Russia who publicly spoke about her HIV status.

In the framework of the 20th anniversary of EHRN we present a series of talks with people whose names and roles in harm reduction are well known. Throughout the year they will be sharing with us the most valuable things: their experiences, thoughts and memories.

21 April 2017

Michel Kazatchkine, Doctor, researcher, diplomat and human rights activist. Dr. Kazatchkine is the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

In the framework of the 20th anniversary of EHRN, we present a series of talks with people whose names and roles in harm reduction are well known. Throughout the year they will be sharing with us the most valuable things: their experiences, thoughts and memories.

14 April 2017

Anya Sarang, the President of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice

Interview with Anya Sarang, which was recorded during the First Regional Harm Reduction Conference for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA), “Harm Reduction in the New Environment” (April 4-6, 2017, Vilnius).

31 March 2017

Mart Kalvet, representative of the Estonian Network of People who Use Drugs LUNEST

My name is Mart and I’m addicted to drug policy reform. At the invitation of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network, I attended the 60th, or so-called “diamond” session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs this March in Vienna.

16 December 2016

Dasha Matyushina, Advisor, Policy Reform Team

I think it´s good that I did not try to write about Iran as soon as I got back – all that information, impressions, and emotions just would not fit into a short blog entry, I could have written a novel, at least!

15 December 2016

David Pešek, Jan Audrlicky, Tomas Vejrich, "SANANIM"

A group from the Czech NGO SANANIM participated in a study tour to Lambeth Drug and Alcohol Treatment Consortium and alcohol and substance misuse center Blenheim in London.

24 November 2016

Eva Césarová, Communications Officer at Youth RISE

Having an insight into the setting, Villa Maraini (Rome, Italy), which one might say is a “paradise for people who use drugs”.

14 November 2016

Raminta Stuikyte, OSF Consultant and Ivan Varentsov, EHRN

Last week, 20 Romanian NGOs addressed the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in an open letter calling for support to rebuild the country’s HIV prevention programs.

3 November 2016

David Pešek, SANANIM

David Pešek, head of the contact center of SANANIM, went to Amsterdam, where he learnt harm reduction service system. He shares his impressions with the readers of his blog.

5 October 2016

Olga Byelyayeva, Membership and Community Strengthening Team Manager

“Building a toilet in a favela inhabited by people who use drugs has become a symbol of reduced violence in the area, a symbol of negotiations with criminal leaders, the state’s recognition of the PWUD right to housing and their acceptance as neighbors by other favela residents.”

30 August 2016

Dasha Matyushina, Advisor, Policy Reform Team

I realize now that I really needed to visit Beirut to make an attempt to understand how things are going in sustaining harm reduction programs in the Middle East and North Africa.

12 August 2016

Ivan Varentsov, EHRN Sustainability and Transition Team

Last month, I was lucky enough to take part in the 21st International AIDS Conference in South Africa. And, although harm reduction, the rights of people who use drugs, and policies limiting access by people who use drugs to health and social services were almost not on the agenda of the conference at all, this text is about harm reduction and a harm reduction project working in Cape Town, South Africa that I managed to visit.

10 July 2016

Alexandra Volgina, ECUO

Sasha Volgina, a member of the NGO Delegation from the European region to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (UNAIDS PCB), shares impressions on the recently held 38th PCB meeting.

30 June 2016

Dasha Matyushina, Advisor, Policy Reform Team

The Russian Justice Ministry just acknowledged ESVERO as a “foreign agent”. Dasha Matyushina speaks about what this means for harm reduction.

27 June 2016

Kristina Makhnicheva, "Labris", Kyrgyzstan

The key question we were seeking to answer was how to influence budgetary processes in our countries to secure public fund allocations for HIV-related services.

24 June 2016

Jamie Bridge, International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)

Since it was launched in 2013, the Support Don’t Punish campaign has gone from strength to strength, and activists in more than 100 cities around the world will take part in the Global Day of Action on or around 26th June this year.

15 June 2016

Dasha Matyushina, Advisor, Policy Reform Team

In late sring of 2016, a team of EHRN and DUNews representatives visited six cities in the Baltic States: Vilnius, Kaunas, Visaginas, Riga, Tallinn and Tartu, covered about 2,000 km.

12 June 2016

Ivan Varentsov, Advisor, Sustainability and Transition Team

ЕССВ недавно провела семинар о возможности использования структурных фондов Европейского Союза для поддержки работы программ снижения вреда в странах ЕС. Иван Варенцов рассказывает о результататх и о своих выводах по итогам семинара.

30 May 2016

Daniel Kashnitsky, Program Manager, ENRN

In early 2016, Lithuania’s Ministry of Justice started to look into the possibility of introducing opioid substitution therapy in national prisons. From May 22 to May 25, a delegation from Lithuania visited Estonia to see how methadone substitution therapy services are organized in prisons.

16 May 2016

Anna Dovbakh, Program Director, EHRN

On the third Sunday of May we remembered people who had died of AIDS. But it would be right to not only remember those who left us, but also to think of what we can do to stop these deaths: to help those not living with HIV protect themselves from the virus and to increase access to testing, access to treatment and healthcare services for people living with HIV.

25 April 2016

Daniel Wolfe, Open Society Foundations

Russia has been among the nations most committed to denying scientific evidence on effective drug dependence treatment.

22 April 2016

Dasha Matyushina, Policy Reform Advisor

The issue of police violence against women who use drugs is a widespread phenomenon in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In most cases, however, police violence remains under-reported and hidden from the society.

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