Emilis Subata

Director of the Vilnius Centre for Addictive Disorders

When the Secretariat of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network was being established in Vilnius, there was a wish that this NGO would stimulate changes at the societal level in Lithuania and the entire region and would help people to overcome post-soviet stereotypes much more quickly; these stereotypes are extremely deep, especially when it comes to human rights and drug use control. It seemed that Vilnius was the right place to establish the organisation: historically it has always been a multicultural city between East and West, where cultural tolerance and close relationship with all the nations were strongly valued.

Despite the fact that the Network became the strongest NGO in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia regions as a result of our intensive work to promote harm reduction, most countries in the region are still strongly affected by deep post-communist stereotypes. Post-soviet countries are still experiencing the strong impact of those stereotypes despite all the work and effort of politicians and ordinary people. Stimulating social change based on rational and non-corrupt policies is still one of the biggest challenges for the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network.

Emilis Subata

Emilis Subata