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UNGASS 2016 is a key opportunity for the international community to take stock of the achievements of the international drug control system to date, to elaborate on the immense challenges that remain in the global, national and local response to the world drug problem and to find feasible, operational and sustainable solutions for the longer term within the framework of the international treaties.


At the high-level segment of the fifty-second session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, held on 11 and 12 March 2009, Heads of State, ministers and government representatives from 132 States gathered to evaluate progress made since 1998 towards meeting the goals and targets established at the twentieth special session of the General Assembly, devoted to countering the world drug problem together; to identify future priorities and areas requiring further action and goals and targets to be established for drug control beyond 2009; and to adopt a political declaration and other measures to enhance international cooperation.



EHRN in the framework of the EHRN regional programme “Harm Reduction Works - Fund it!” has developed a training module: “Community Led Budget Advocacy” in the field of harm reduction. The module contains of a detailed plan of the training, explicit instructions to conduct the sessions, presentations, additional materials written in simple and clear language, which can be used by both professionals and trainers from among the community. It is easy to adapt this training module for the needs of other key communities involved in the budget advocacy in the field of HIV. The objectives of the training include build of understanding community’s role in advocacy process, to practice use of various tools of advocacy, to build capacity of PWUD initiative groups to conduct advocacy. The training program includes components such as key methods and effective approaches to advocacy in various countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia; specifics of the budget advocacy in the region, the main stages of the budget process and the possibility for the citizens to influence it; assurance of the effective participation of communities in advocacy at the national and municipal levels.


This is a summary report for the project “Strengthening the response of non-state actors to growing needs of women who use drugs”. The project was implemented in January 2012 - June 2015 with support from the European Commission. It was implemented by harm reduction organizations in six countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. The goal of the project was to build the capacity of non-state actors to engage in advocacy and provide services to women drug users that increase their access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment and prevention of mother-to-child transmission services. 

Campaign materials

"Women against violence" campaign leaflet to help campaing partners to document police violence cases.


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. An Oversight Committee (OC) established by the EHRN Steering Committee in 2014 oversees implementation of the Regional Program, including the use of financial resources, and provides recommendations for problem-solving and improving implementation. In August - September 2015 the third set of oversight visits was held. This report highlights the main conclusions and results of these visits.

The report was prepared by David Otiashvili, M.D., Ph.D., for EHRN between June and August 2015. The author collected and reviewed a range of background materials and gathered input from key informants familiar with the Global Fund projects in reviewed countries. The desk review included analysis of country reports, program evaluation reports and data from international organizations. In-depth interviews with country respondents covered topics related to the progress of Global Fund funded programs, and the process of preparation for transition to domestic funding. Key informants included fund portfolio managers (FPMs), recipients of Global Fund grants, members of Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs), representatives of civil society organizations and key affected groups in 11 countries reviewed in this report. EHRN is grateful to all who contributed to this document. The publication was prepared with generous financial support from the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO). The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the donor’s official position.  

Advocacy materials

An open letter signed by a number of  organizations representing civil society including key affected populations from different Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) countries and their partner organizations from other regions. The letter is addressed to the members of the Global Fund Board preparing for its 34th meeting on 16 -17 November 2015.

This report explores the transition-related situation in Belarus, describes challenges associated with ensuring sustainability of HIV programs in this country and provides recommendations that can be taken into consideration by stakeholders engaged with and/or affected by the transition.