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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.

23 September 2015

Zaza Karchkhadze

Interview with Zaza Karchkhadze, the Founder and Chairman of the community organization of people who use drugs "Rubiconi", Member of the Coordinating Council of the Eurasian Network of People who Use Drugs (ENPUD) and Board Member of the Georgian Network of People who Use Drugs (GeNPUD).

7 September 2015

Svetlana R., Kazakhstan

If I had a chance to replay my life again, I would never choose the same route. And to those who still use drugs and want to quit, my advice is to try all possible methods. Don’t despair! Everyone has a key and you’ll definitely find it. You have to fight, no matter how hard it is. The most important thing here is the desire to quit.

24 August 2015

David Porchkhidze, Kutaisi, Georgia

We always act with open faces. When we show that we have nothing to hide and we’re not afraid, people begin to see us without prejudice.

17 August 2015

Alisher Ismailov, Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

We present a blog by Alisher Ismailov, former drug user, where he tells his story and expresses his views on harm reduction.

6 August 2015

Eka Iakobishvili

We are publishing an interview with Pavel Bem, Former Mayor of Prague and a Member of Parliament, who also led the Drug Addiction Centre in the Czech Republic and now serves as a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. The interview is published within the series of blog interviews with opinion leaders in the lead-up to UNGASS on World Drugs Problem, 2016.

8 July 2015

Olha Ponamarova, social worker at “Club Svitanok”, Donetsk, Ukraine

It seemed that Ukraine adopted a very good law: ‘On the prevention of domestic violence’. However, experience has shown that it is not working and needs serious revision. What if domestic violence cannot be attributed to any article in the Criminal Code?

25 June 2015

Blog Interview with Michel Kazatchkine, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Interview taken by Eka Iakobishvili, EHRN expert on human rights and drug policies.

Today, on June 26, International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, we are publishing an interview with Michel Kazatchkine, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for AIDS in EECA. The interview is published within the series of blog interviews with opinion leaders in the lead-up to UNGASS on World Drugs Problem, 2016.

26 May 2015

Dejana Rankovic, Serbian Coalition of Harm Reduction Organizations

What do we do when we are in the position of fundraising for extremely unpopular, disputable topic, against well-established stigma, and for a population that is widely discriminated against in the society? Are we on our own to make the public understand what is harm reduction and why is it so important to implement it?

12 May 2015

Alexander Biryukov, Tiraspol, Moldova

I want to see my story give hope to people who are going through a borderline condition, use drugs and are involved in crime. I would like them to not be afraid to change their lives and turn to substitution treatment if that possibility exists.

7 May 2015

Maya Ganesh, Beatrice Martini and Dirk Slater

Dirk Slater has spent the last two decades working with activists and advocates in over 30 countries to improve the effectiveness of their campaigns. He had also consulted EHRN in developing the "Women against Violence“ campaign. The blog post prepared by Dirk and his colleagues presents interesting insights and lessons learned from their work with sex workers communities in Cambodia and India on data generation and its use in advocacy activities.

28 April 2015

Eka Iakobishvili

EHRN Human Rights Expert Eka Iakobishvili has participated in the 13th Crime Congress, which was held in Doha, Qatar on 12-19 April.

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