Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN)

Report on National Dialogues

In 2016-2017 Eurasian Harm Reduction Network has been supporting organization of a series of National Dialogues for government officials and NGOs in 6 countries to commit for Harm Reduction programs and their domestic funding. The National Dialogues were organized in the framework of the Regional Program “Harm Reduction Works – Fund It!”

Report on study tours

In 2016-2017 Eurasian Harm Reduction Network has been organizing a series of study-tours for government officials and NGOs from Eastern Europe and Central Asia countries to examine harm reduction programs organization and funding in the neighboring countries, where the programs have been established for some time and successfully functioning. The study-tours were organized in the framework of the Regional Program “Harm Reduction Works – Fund It!”

National advocacy plans

Based on the regional and national reports, each participating country within the Regional program "Harm Reduction works!- fund it" developed its own national advocacy strategies "Harm Reduction Works - Fund It"  that have been implemented by SRs and SSRs. The strategy included policy advocacy roundtables, working advocacy meetings, and other advocacy activities.It is two-year national advocacy plans for each of the participating country.

Country positions on transition from donors to state government funding for HIV and TB prevention including provision of harm reduction services

The 5 Country positions are documents that find consensus between the stakeholders on the transition to national funding of Harm Reduction. They were developed for the Regional Dialogue in Tbilisi (September 2015) and they were based on the results of investment monitoring research (IMG) on Harm Reduction financial needs. National authority representatives and representatives of PWUD communities together with national and international NGOs discussed the results of investment monitoring and built the country position on national Harm Reduction financial needs.

Workshop on Financial Management and Requirements of Financial and Program Reporting for National Partners (Part 1)

The workshop on 4-5 February, 2016 was set to address the following goals: • To develop understanding of the requirements of the Global Fund and EHRN to financial and program accountability; • To analyze reporting difficulties to reduce the number of errors in the financial and programmatic reports; • To develop the understanding of how the collected data can be used to evaluate effectiveness, to make reprogramming, and to implement advocacy.

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.”

Country consultations on the UNGASS 2016 on the World Drug Problem

The main objective of country-level consultations is to provide an opportunity to discuss a joint position among the government institutions, public health, law enforcement and civil society stakeholders for the UNGASS 2016 on the World Drug Problem. This joint position can be reflected in country’s statements during the UNGASS 2016 on World Drug Problem, as well as the 59th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).