A lot could be done Through Peers’ Effort

Seventeen initiative groups from the community of people who use drugs (PWUD) from nine EECA (Eastern Europe and Central Asia) countries received support through the Small Grants Program, implemented by EHRN in 2014-2015. Close to US$80.000 were distributed for advocacy needs of the communities. With the help of the Program, communities of PWUD are changing national drug policies, helping create favorable conditions for harm reduction programs and the implementation of prevention and treatment services for HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. EHRN presents the report on the results on the implementation of the project, implemented with the financial support of the Robert Carr Civil Society Network Fund (RCNF). The idea of the Small Grants Program was born in the course of cooperation between EHRN and the leaders of the PWUD community. The first wave of the Small Grants Program Through Peers’ Effort-1 was implemented in 2013. Small grants, amounting to US$28,840, served to inspire seven organizations in seven countries. In 2014-2015, EHRN engaged new partners and donors. Thanks to financial support from RCNF, the Global Fund MAC AIDS, and UNAIDS, the funding for program to support the PWUD community in its implementation of advocacy activities increased and grew from seven to 52 small grants. The Report consists of four sections dedicated to different aspects of the Program: protecting the rights of PWUD; increasing the availability and quality of opioid substitution treatment (OST) programs; preventing deaths from overdose; and advocating for national funding for harm reduction programs. “This document is not just a collection of statistics of the key achievements, but first of all, it is a dialogue between the participants of the Program and its partners about the implementation of each small grant and new approaches to community mobilization and advocacy,” says Olga Belyaeva, Manager of the Membership and Community Strengthening Team at EHRN. “Moreover, it tells the stories of day-today struggles, faced by the communities, and courage of their individual activists in various countries of our region.”

Law Enforcement and Women Who Use Drugs: improving police relations and cooperation for better public health, community safety and human rights protection, 2015

This briefing paper is intended to provide a starting point to help bridge gaps in understanding the important issues faced by women who use drugs in their interactions with law enforcement authorities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). The aim is to facilitate much improved interactions and future cooperation, thereby supporting the prioritization of public health approaches in drug policing. 

Priorities in discussing the new Global Fund 2017-2021 Strategy, The Global Fund, 2015

This position paper summarizes strategic priorities for discussions on the Global Funds new strategy as identified by the Communities Delegation, the Developing and the Developed Countries NGO delegations. This paper is aimed to be used during the upcoming Partnership Forum in Addis Ababa and other consultation opportunities and will be further refined with inputs following the first Partnership Forum.

EHRN Complaints to UN Women, EHRN, 2014

Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) aims to raise the issue of police violence against women who use drugs in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia region and make a plea to the UN Committee on the Status of Women to look into the issue. Below are 7 complaints made by EHRN in regards to police violence against women who use drugs in Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Ukraine, and Russia. Submissions are based on complaints and testimonies of women who use drugs received by the EHRN and national partners within the framework of the regional campaign "Women against Violence" through the online platform:

Forms for Small Grants Round 3 “Through Peers’ Efforts -3”, EHRN, 2015

The small grants program “Through Peers’ Efforts - 3”. Application deadline is 6:00 pm Vilnius time, June 15, 2015. To participate in the Call you need to submit the application form that can be downloaded:  - There are two types of application forms - for legally registered organizations and non-registered initiative groups. Please choose accordingly.  - The application form can be filled in one of the following languages – Russian or English.  - The filled application has to be accompanied by all additional documents listed in the application form.  Download form_for_initiative_group_small_grants_round_3_en. form_for_ngo_small_grants_round_3 form_for_initiative_group_small_grants_round_3_ru form_for_ngo_small_grants_round_3_ru  

Methodology to Assess Harm Reduction Funding, EHRN, Futures Group, 2014

The methodology is developed within the EHRN’s Regional Program “Harm Reduction Works—Fund It!", funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). The Program aims at strengthening advocacy by civil society, including people who use drugs, for sufficient, strategic, and sustainable investments in harm reduction as HIV prevention in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). To achieve goal and objectives set HPP, in collaboration with EHRN, developed financial tools for undertaking harm reduction funding advocacy. The methodology includes following tools: Harm Reduction Expenditure Tracking Tool captures the actual expenditures for all cost categories of Needle and Syringe Programs (NSP) and Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) for the last two fiscal years. The tool also enables monitoring of resources for the key harm reduction programs. Harm Reduction Unit Costing Tool estimates the unit cost for harm reduction, i.e., the cost of an NSP and OST client per year. The tool is, therefore, beneficial for decision-makers who budget for harm reduction programs.  Harm Reduction Funding Gap Tool estimates the resource gap for harm reduction.

Meeting of the Regional Technical Advisory Group within the Regional Program: Report, EHRN Secretariat, 2015

The meeting of the Regional Technical Advisory Group (RTAG) of the Regional Program ‘Harm Reduction Works – Fund It!’ was held on 25-27 February 2015 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The meeting was devoted to review the results of the first year and strategize for the second year of the Regional program. Since 1 April 2014 the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) has been implementing the three-year Regional Program ‘Harm Reduction Works – Fund It!’, which receives financial support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). The goal of the Regional Program is to strengthen advocacy by civil society, including people who use drugs (PWUD), for sufficient, strategic and sustainable investments in harm reduction as HIV prevention in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The Regional Technical Advisory Group (RTAG) established by EHRN Steering Committee in 2013 is a mechanism to ensure a wider perspective and input from various partners are taken into account to reflect international and national processes in harm reduction, human rights, women’s rights, non-OST drug treatment, TB and hepatitis C, health systems strengthening, and financial management. RTAG provides SC with strategic guidance in the development and implementation of the Regional Program. RTAG acts as a consultative body and has no decision-making authority. RTAG formulates recommendations for the decision-making of the SC. RTAG members also serve on the Expert Panel that develops recommendations for the SC to consider in the selection of national partners.