About us

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) is a non-for-profit public membership-based organisation, registered by the initiative of harm reduction activists and organisations from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) in 2017.

Association is a membership-based organisation. By December 2017 the Association unites 185 organisational and individual members from the CEECA region.

EHRA is acting as strategic partner and financial agent of Eurasian network of people using drugs (ENPUD).

According to organisational Statute the general assembly of members is the main decision-making body in EHRA. The general assembly of the members are electing members of Steering Committee, which is the collegial management body of the Association. Steering Committee appoints the Executive Director of the Association who leads Secretariat team to implement operational and program activities. Such EHRA’s governance structure guarantees stability and transparency of the organization and allows for constructive dialogue and development of successful projects and activities, which contribute to the fulfilment of EHRA mission and its Strategy.



EHRA mission is the creation in CEECA region of favorable environment for sustainable harm reduction programs and decent lives of people who use drugs.

EHRA vision is a society where human rights are safeguarded for every individual. We strive for a strong community of people who use drugs supported by civil society to achieve a progressive human rights-based drug policy, sustainable funding and efficiency of harm reduction services based on needs of people who use drugs.

Role of EHRA is to bring in international resources and knowledge, equip CEECA region with expertise and effective practices; we set the regional and national agenda of drug policy and harm reduction with the meaningful involvement of drug users community in national and local stakeholders dialogue. EHRA is attracting region’s attention to the voice of community and needs of people who use drugs for advocacy actions and changing international policy trends.

More on Strategy can be found here





EHRA Steering Committee

EHRA Steering Committee is the primary governance and decision-making body of the Association. EHRA Steering Committee is elected by the members of EHRA, and its functions are regulated by the Association’s Statute. Its responsibility is to facilitate the achievement of EHRA mission by developing and implementing policies, strategies and operational principles. The members of the Steering Committee are elected by the general assemblies of the Association members (in-person or through online voting) for three-year terms. The Steering Committee consists of 13 representatives, 11 of whom represent 7 sub-regions of CEECA, and two of whom represent the drug user community.

All members of the Steering Committee expected to be highly professional and experienced specialists in public health, advocacy and human rights, representing local organizations, working on HIV/AIDS, drug policy and harm reduction. The key areas of responsibility of the Steering Committee are as follows:

• to appoint (elect) and recall the Executive Director of the Association from the candidates proposed by the Chair or Co-Chair(-s) of the Steering Committee or through the procedure of public tender;
• to take decisions regarding the establishment of other legal entities or to take decisions to become a member of other legal entities;

• to identify key priorities for the Association in harm reduction, public health, and human rights, providing perspectives from all CEECA sub-regions and key drug user populations;
• to identify key opportunities for the Association to promote harm reduction, public health, and human rights;
• to set the strategic vision and strategic plan for the Association and approve it;
• to monitor the implementation of the strategic plan and carry out its mid-term review;
• to approve or deny new membership applications to join the Association.

As of January 2018, Steering Committee of the Association consists of 13 members:

  1. Leonid Vlasenko (Ukraine)
  2. Jurgita Poskeviciute (Lithuania)
  3. Vitalii Lavryk (Ukraine)
  4. David Pesek (Czech Republic)
  5. Oxana Ibragimova (Kazakhstan)
  6. Maram Azizmamadov (Tajikistan)
  7. Yuliya Georgieva (Bulgaria)
  8. Iveta Chovancova (Slovakia)
  9. Nino Tsereteli (Georgia)
  10. Maksim Malyshev (Russia)
  11. Alena Asaeva (Russia, community of people who use drugs)
  12. Viktoria Lintsova (Ukraine, community of people who use drugs)
  13. To be elected (South-Eastern Europe)


Executive Director

Appointed and supervised by Steering Committee the Executive Director coordinates work of the Secretariat, which organizes and carries out operational activities of EHRA. The Executive Director fulfils the following functions:

  • leads the work of the Secretariat to implement the Association strategic plan;
  • ensures achievement of goals and purposes set forth in EHRA Strategy and Statute;
  • individually signs contracts, disposes of the assets, and represents the Association in the firms, companies, organizations and other institutions, and at courts for the sake of and on behalf of the Association. For submissions of applications for funding with a value of more than €1,000,000 (one million) Euro, the Executive Director shall obtain the consent of the Steering Committee;
  • hires and dismisses the employees of the Secretariat and sets their wages;
  • organizes the implementation of the resolutions from the general meetings and Steering Committee meetings;
  • represents EHRA in its affairs with the state authorities, organizations and individuals both in Lithuania and abroad;
  • performs any other duties related to the day-to-day management of EHRA affairs or assigned to him/her by the Steering Committee.

The Executive Director is appointed by the Steering Committee from the candidates proposed by the members of the Steering Committee or through the procedure of public tender. In August 2017 Anna Dovbakh was appointed by Steering Committee as Executive Director of EHRA till December 2018.

Anna Dovbakh, MA in social psychology, MA in culture studies, has been leading different civil society organisations in EECA region for the past several years. She worked for International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine on top management positions and as an Acting Executive Director in EHRN. Except management capacities, Anna has extensive knowledge in the area of publications development, provision of technical support and knowledge management. Anna’s key qualifications include team building, community support and development, monitoring and evaluation, HIV response planning for vulnerable groups, technical support, social and psychological training, communication and documentation, as well as qualitative research.

Contact e-mail: anna@harmreductioneurasia.org.



EHRA Secretariat is focusing on fundraising to ensure sustainability for the organization and core funding for its activities. Management of current projects is implemented by highly professional team of managers, experts and activists:

Alexander Tsekhanovich – community capacity building, olek.c55@gmail.com
Danguole Zapkuviene – finances and administration, danguole@harmreductioneurasia.org
Daniel Kashnitsky – continuum of services, kashnitsky@gmail.com
Dasha Matyushina-Ocheret – drug policy and human rights, dasha@harmreductioneurasia.org
Elena Komarova – finances and administration, elena@harmreductioneurasia.org
Eliza Kurcevic – community capacity building, eliza@harmreductioneurasia.org
Gayane Arustamyan – advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, gayane.arus@gmail.com
Igor Gordon – community capacity building, igor@harmreductioneurasia.org
Irena Zubkova  finances and administration, irena@harmreductioneurasia.org
Ivan Varentsov –
sustainability and transition advisor, ivan@harmreductioneurasia.org
Lela Serebryakova – budget advocacy, lela@harmreductioneurasia.org
Maria Plotko – 
drug policy and human rights, maria@harmreductioneurasia.org
Natalia Podogova – 
government relations, natalia@harmreductioneurasia.org
Olga Belyaeva – 
community capacity building, olga@harmreductioneurasia.org
Tatiana Fomicheva – 
finances and administration, tania@harmreductioneurasia.org
Viktorija Semionova –
 finances and administration, viktorija@harmreductioneurasia.org
Yuliia Holub – 
PR and communications, julia@harmreductioneurasia.org

Information on EHRA current projects can be found here.