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.”
Training guidelines can be useful for both trainers and for training participants, as well as professionals, who are involved in the monitoring and assessment of advocacy programs. The guidelines were developed for the training, the purpose of which is to prepare harm reduction advocacy programs' employees for effective monitoring and evaluation of national projects. Training guidelines (rus) The purpose and objectives of the training (rus) The purpose and objectives of the Regional Program "Harm reduction works - Fund It!" (rus) Advocacy: M&E of advocacy projects and projects for community mobilization (rus) Monitoring and evaluation: M&E of advocacy projects and projects for community mobilization (rus) Strengthening the capacity of communities. Key terms (rus) The concept of a baseline assessment of the Regional Program "Harm reduction works - Fund It!" (rus) Program reporting of the Regional Program "Harm reduction works - Fund It!" (rus)
The purpose of a study visit is to generate an exchange of experience and good practice between the country you visit and the countries you all come from. Thus, participating in a study visit and sharing your experience may be an exciting learning tool for you and others! PARTICIPANT’S FEEDBACK Please, write your feedback on the Study tour in the format of blog or personal story. Main requirements: 1-2 pages, English or Russian language, up to 5 relevant photos if you do not mind. Please, find the form to fill in on http://www.harm-reduction.org/study_trip_template
Latvian NGO DIA+LOGs in partnership with EHRN has developed an overview of drug policy in Latvia. Drug use, possession and storage of small amounts (up to 0,001 g of heroin, 1 g of marijuana) are considered administrative misdemeanors and may be punished by a warning or a fine up to EUR 280. If there is recidivism within one year criminal sanctions might be imposed (up to 3 month of incarceration). Possession of large amounts (starting from 1 g of heroin) is considered a criminal offence and might be punished by 3 to 10 years in prison. In 2014 the proportion of drug related crimes among all registered criminal offences had increased by more than 2 percent from 3.44% in 2013 to 5.76% in 2014. Out of the total 2 995 registered drug related criminal cases in 2014, 47% were related to use and possession in small amounts, 26% - possession and storage without intention to sell. There are some alternatives to incarceration, albeit “there is no infrastructure and practice in implementing it”. Inmates have access to the free-of-charge methadone programs, but only if they were receiving it before prison. If the person is on buprenorphine he should pay for it himself. There are currently 19 HIV prevention points (HPP) operating In Latvia. Most of the HPP work as low-threshold points and social support centers, six provide outreach work, and only two provide OST with methadone. The coverage of needle and syringe programs in Latvia is far from enough to have an impact on HIV and hepatitis B and C epidemics, too few syringes are distributed, and there also are missing components in the distributed injection kit and lack of accessible locations. On top of this, in the European Drug Report 2015, Latvia was described as a country with high risk of HIV outbreak among people who inject drugs.
The TRAT has been created to help assessors to take available information and data and to process it in a standardized manner to analyze a country’s readiness for, and risks of, transition from donor funding to sustainable domestic financing. This process also helps assessors to identify key barriers that must be addressed before sustainable transition is possible. The TRAT may be applied in advance of the development of a country Transition Plan to help to structure its content as well as at the stages of implementation of the Transition Plan, and may be re-administered periodically to help analyze the ongoing process of transition, as well as to capture both its positive and negative consequences. This version of the tool focuses specifically on assessing the sustainability of harm reduction services through and beyond the transition period.
The “Seeking Alternatives to Repressive Drug Policies” meeting was the first in a series of regional events to discuss alternatives to arrest, incarceration and other coercive sanctions used against drug-using offenders and/or against individuals who have committed nonviolent drug-related offenses.
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The Report contains information on: The Regional Program Performance Review Results Costed Extension Application Development Main regional and national events conducted during the period from the 1st of April till 30th of June 2016. See online
Montenegro is one of the countries of the South Eastern Europe region that has significantly benefited from support of the Global Fund from 2006 to 2015. Together with UNDP as the principal recipient (PR), Global Fund provided direct support for the implementation of two national strategies on HIV/AIDS (2005-2009 and 2010-2014) and a national Tuberculosis (TB) strategy (2007-2011). This support resulted in maintaining the low prevalence of HIV in the country and the remarkably low prevalence of HIV among people who inject drugs (PWID). Nevertheless, the country reports a high proportion of patients diagnosed at a late stage of infection, potentially indicating a relatively large number of people - including PWID - unaware of their HIV infection as well as high prevalence of viral hepatitis C (HCV) among PWID.
This case study analyzes the readiness and risks of the Bosnia and Herzegovina transition from donor to domestic funding, identifying the challenges and recommendations.