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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.

30 March 2016

Dasha Matyushina, Policy Reform Advisor

In 30 seconds one can speak about a lot of things – whether new HIV cases among drug users are on the decline, how many overdose deaths have there been, how many people have access to substitution therapy, and whether government’s financial input in harm reduction has increased.

24 February 2016

Dasha Matyushina, Policy Reform Advisor

Dasha Matyushina on the last meeting of the Global Fund’s Communities, Rights and Gender (CRG) Advisory Group.

15 December 2015

Alisa Grebinskyte, Policy Reform Team, assistant

Interview with Vladimir Cazacov, Deputy Chief, General Department of Public Security of Moldova.

12 November 2015

Anna Dovbakh, Deputy Director for Information and Technical Support at EHRN

Blog post by Anna Dovbakh, Deputy Director for Information and Technical Support at EHRN, on efficient use of video advocacy in the context of harm reduction.

12 October 2015

Katerina Parfenyuk, film-maker.

Interview with Katerina Parfenyuk, a film-maker and a harm reduction activist from the organization Belarusian Public Association Positive Movement.

30 September 2015

Gregory Vergus

Gregory Vergus, who represents the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPCru) and the movement of "Patient monitoring, shares Russia's experience of transition to national funding of access to treatment.

29 September 2015

Ludmila Trukhan

Ludmila Trukhan, Coordinator of activities targeting people who inject drugs of the community organization “Positive movement”, Belarus: the process of transitioning all prevention programs to national funding has already begun.

29 September 2015

Amiran Gamkrelidze

Amiran Gamkrelidze, Director General of the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health of Georgia, shares his views on transition from the Global Fund funding to national funding in Georgia.

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