Call for Scholarships Regional Harm Reduction Conference 2017 “HARM REDUCTION IN THE NEW ENVIRONMENT”

Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) is announcing an open call for full scholarships to the Regional Harm Reduction Conference 2017 for representatives of NGOs and communities of people who use drugs (PWUD) in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA).

The scholarships aim is to support EHRN members, civil society and community representatives’ participation in the Conference and provide opportunity to share their experience and practices with demonstrated impact in harm reduction field.

To apply for scholarships, potential participants must complete an online form and submit abstracts that explore one of the key topics of the conference: funding of harm reduction programs, social and medical care for people who use drugs (PWUD), drug policy reform and PWUD community response. 80 successful applicants will be awarded scholarships, which will cover travel, accommodation, meals and visa (if required) expenses.

Top-scoring abstracts will be selected for oral or poster sessions.

All accepted abstracts will be published on EHRN website and selected abstracts may be used for EHRN publications.

Abstract thematic areas

Abstracts should outline the applicant’s experience in implementing harm reduction activities with demonstrated impact at the local, national or international level in the following thematic areas and may cover at least one of the key issues described below:

1. Funding of harm reduction

  • financial sustainability of harm reduction programs;
  • transition from donors’ support to domestic funding;
  • harm reduction funding mechanisms in CEECA region;
  • allocative efficiency;
  • national and local budget advocacy experience, including the results of the Regional Program “Harm Reduction Works – Fund It!”

2. The role of harm reduction in social and medical care for people who use drugs

  • integration of harm reduction services into national health/social systems as a way to insure access of PWUD to HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis C treatment;
  • ensuring quality of harm reduction services;
  • access of youth, women and imprisoned populations to services;
  • linkages with social support services.

3. Harm reduction as health and human rights-based drug policy

  • the role of harm reduction in the provision of non-punitive measures of drug control;
  • drug policy barriers related to effective harm reduction service provision;
  • human rights instruments to address discrimination of PWUD in health system (including ECHR, CEDAW etc.);
  • regional feedback to the UNGASS on the World Drug Problem.

4. Harm reduction funding, drug policy, service provision and community response

  • accountability and community representation in state mechanisms and other decision making bodies;
  • community mobilization efforts and challenges;
  • capacity building and leadership for advocacy;
  • community-based advocacy interventions (service or policy monitoring, campaigns, policy dialogues, using the media, personal stories, using video, etc.)

Abstract Structure

Abstracts should be structured as follows:

Background: a short description of the issue being analyzed or evaluated.
Methods: describe the activity. What was done, and how.
Results: present as clearly and as much in detail as possible the findings / outcome of the activity. Please summarize any specific results.
Conclusions: explain the importance of your findings / outcomes of the activity for funding of harm reduction programs, social and medical care for people who use drugs, and drug policy reform.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicant should be a representative of an NGO or initiative group, actively working in the field of harm reduction from one of the 29 CEECA countries (full list of countries can be found here – http://www.harm-reduction.org/about) or a PWUD community representatives;
  • Applications should be submitted in English or in Russian;
  • Priority will be given to EHRN members and PWUD community representatives;
  • In making the final decisions, the balance of gender and geographical representation among the applicants will be taken into consideration.

Selection criteria

  • Does activity address at least one of the thematic areas of the Conference (funding, drug policy, service provision, community response)?
  • Is there a clear background and justified objective?
  • Are the results important and clearly presented?
  • Are the conclusions supported by the results?

Selection Committee

To allow for better judgment, fair decisions and equal representation, the Selection Committee will consist of members of the Conference International Organizational Committee, EHRN’s Steering Committee, representing all seven sub-regions, and the community of people who use drugs.

Time-frame

Call for scholarships 12 December 2016
Application submission deadline 22 January 2017
Review 5 February 2017
Results of the competition 13 February 2017
Logistic arrangements for participants (travel, accommodation) By 25 March 2017
Participation in the Regional Harm Reduction Conference 2017 4-6 April, 2017

Application form

Applications must be submitted online. Application form is available here.

If you have any questions about this call for proposals and procedures for participation, please contact Igor Gordon: mobile phone +370 626 37292, e-mail: igor.gordon@harm-reduction.org.