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28 September 2017

EHRNGate

Everyday we find new evidence of illegal measures that were taken to fight for the money of EHRN and for possibilities to access it without anyone’s control. This is a fragment of the correspondence of the heads of EHRN Network and Secretariat with one of Donors, in which we can see that the Secretariat, with deceitful means, had ostensibly changed its status and name, and forced the donor to re-sign the contract in the June-July 2017.

24 September 2017

Ingrida Šulcienė

A very eloquent correspondence, dating from the March this year, between the two Executives of the EHRN, Anna Dovbakh and Sergey Votyagov, who already was the Director at Robert Carr Fund. During this correspondence, they were planning and agreeing on withdrawing money from the secretariat of EHRN.

4 August 2017

At the time of the interview Liudmila Тrukhan is Country Coordination Mechanism Secretary in charge of liaison with the Global Fund (Belarus). Leonid Vlasenko is Senior Program Manager at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (Ukraine).

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.

31 July 2017

Dianne Tobin, a board member of CAPUD (the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs), a regular member of the seminal Canadian users’ organization VANDU — the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users.

Dianne was president of VANDU for seven years during the period when InSite was first opened. This year was already the second time in eight years that VANDU received the National Rolleston Award, given by HRI to an individual or organization for their outstanding contributions to reducing harm from psychoactive substances at the national level. After the ceremony in May, Mart Kalvet of the Estonian drug users’ association LUNEST asked Dianne a couple of questions.

21 July 2017

Olga Belyaeva, Membership and Community Strengthening Team Manager

When I was in Ukraine I often heard that Georgia was able to reform its drug policy because the population is smaller. In India, the population is 1,5 billion and they managed to set up harm reduction programs so that they are worth admiring and learning from. How does the community work, what is the drug policy in this country? How do people live, what do they consume? I will tell you what impressed me the most.

21 July 2017

Olga Belyaeva, Membership and Community Strengthening Team Manager

When I was in Ukraine I often heard that Georgia was able to reform its drug policy because the population is smaller. In India, the population is 1,5 billion and they managed to set up harm reduction programs so that they are worth admiring and learning from. How does the community work, what is the drug policy in this country? How do people live, what do they consume? I will tell you what impressed me the most.

18 July 2017

Yuliya Georgieva, Center for Humane Policy (Bulgaria), Member of the EHRN Steering Committee

Over the past 13 years, HIV prevention in Bulgaria has been secured with resources from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, an organization that has proven its effectiveness globally, but also an organization whose place is in the world’s least developed, poor, and needy countries. 2017 is the year when the Global Fund leaves Bulgaria, and that is right.

17 July 2017

Dasha Matyushina, Policy Reform Advisor, EHRN

About five or six years ago I got excited about the idea of a trip to Seattle. We were at a café in Vienna, after a meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and our American colleagues told us (me and my colleagues from EHRN) about an experimental study on decriminalization that had just started in Seattle.

14 July 2017

Oksana Ibragimova – a harm reduction activist from Kazakhstan, who has been involved in the development of life-saving programs since 2009. Now Oksana is a Specialist on Advocacy in the Kazakhstan Union of People Living with HIV.

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.

30 June 2017

Julian Hows, the Programme Officer of the Global Network of People Living with HIV, one of the important figures in from the past and present of the harm reduction movement.

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.

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.

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