Internship in Portugal, 2017

December 2017. Organization and conducting of the internships for community leaders in Portugal with a practical goal to check how decriminalization policies work through commissions to curb substance abuse. 

SICAD is General Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviors and Dependencies to promote the reduction of use of psychoactive substances, the prevention of addictive behaviors in Portugal.

Here are the first, second and third parts of discussion on how Portuguese drug policy experts create the national plan, combine the resources from different ways and support practical decriminalization, but they are staying away from de-jure decriminalization of all drugs.

Videos are available in Russian and English.

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Part 2 SICAD Drug Policy in Portuguese

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Часть 3

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Transition and sustainability of HIV and TB responses in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Report on the results of the “Technical consultation on transition to domestic funding of HIV and TB responses and their programatis sustainability in EECA” which took place in Istanbul on 21 – 22 of July 2015 and was organized y the Global Fund.

This report includes the presentation of Transition and Sustainability Principles and Draft Framework for Transition to Sustainability developed as an outcome of this consultation, and was discussed on September 29-30 , 2015 within the Regional Dialogue.

Transition and sustainability of HIV and TB responses in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (PDF)

The report was originally published by Eurasian Harm Reduction Network

Situation analysis of sustainability planning and readiness for responsible transition of harm reduction programs from Global Fund support to national funding in EECA

The report was prepared by David Otiashvili, M.D., Ph.D., 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.

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.

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The report was originally published by Eurasian Harm Reduction Network

Thank you for support to EHRA in 2017!

 

Now when we are full of holiday excitement, the only feeling which EHRA team has towards our partners is deep gratefulness for your support! Being registered in spring and having started active operations in September, we already have a lot to be proud of.

By the end of the year Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) unites 185 members from all CEECA countries.  For the Association, the main task is to build proper governance processes to involve members into content discussion and decision making.

On 27th of November the first General Meeting of EHRA members was successfully completed. As a result, we have the Steering Committee representing all sub-regions, supported by all voting EHRA members. The in-person Steering Committee meeting will be held in February 2018.

The Statute of EHRA was updated by the decision of the General Meeting, and now the governance structure includes in line with the General and Regional Meetings and the Steering Committee, an Advisory Board and a Treasurer to ensure the transparency and sustainability of the organisation.

The General Meeting also approved EHRA strategic framework for 2018-2019. Full scale strategic planning process is planned for the second part of 2019. Mission of EHRA is defined as the creation of favourable environment for sustainable harm reduction programs and decent lives of people who use drugs in CEECA region.

We have ambitious strategic objectives:

SO1: To ensure sustainability and efficiency of harm reduction services in CEECA region;

SO2: To advocate for non-punitive drug policies in CEECA region based on public health and human rights;

SO3: To develop leadership and expertise of civil society and people who use drugs in monitoring of drug policies, financing, access and quality of harm reduction services in CEECA region;

SO4: To strengthen organizational governance and operational systems, program efficiency and financial sustainability of EHRA.

EHRA is now implementing 9 advocacy, regional coordination and community capacity projects with a 1,5 mln Euro budget, 450K of which were received in 2017. We are grateful to our partners from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, AFEW International, Open Society Foundations, Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund, Rights Reporter Foundation, International Network of People Who Use Drugs, Levi Strauss Foundation, who have supported building capacities of the Association and helped to start-up the operations and program activities in a rather crisis situation.

During this period EHRA has already supported 8 drug users community groups and civil society organisations through small grants program. We are proud to support work of DUNews, unique video advocacy initiative. For regional community of people who use drugs, a study-tour visit to Porto to examine effective alternatives to punishment and to discuss drug policy reforms in EECA countries organised by EHRA, was a very important step in learning and joining efforts.

For the Association, it is strategically important to provide platform for joint advocacy efforts of different civil society organizations and regional communities aimed at ensuring sustainable funding of services for drug users. Since December 2017 EHRA has started to work as a Regional CRG platform to coordinate technical support for communities in the region. We have already played an active role as regional civil society representatives in the Senior Level Policy Dialogue “Addressing HIV and TB Challenges: from Donor Support to Sustainable Health Systems”, conducted under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and participate in the work of the EU Civil society forum on HIV, TB, Hepatitis core group.

Since November we already have a fully functioning office with necessary equipment and 13 full-time Secretariat staff members. Operational procedures, accounting system and all documents are already in place.

These all have become possible only because of cooperation and active work of the Steering Committee members, Secretariat staff who worked for two months as volunteers to start EHRA operation, and thanks to support of civil society colleagues and partners all around the Globe. This year has proved that we are very strong and together we can overcome any challenges.

The EHRA Steering Committee and Secretariat team are ready for 2018 in full power! We are working to ensure a voice of the CEECA region in AIDS2018 in Amsterdam is heard. We are looking forward to work together with key regional community networks in joint advocacy efforts and capacity building initiatives.

Looking forward to our bright partnerships in 2018!

Happy holidays!

EHRA Steering Committee and Secretariat

EECA Regional Communities Consortium is created

A Memorandum to create an EECA Regional Communities Consortium has been signed on December 20, 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The goal of the Consortium is to unite the efforts of key populations networks of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) in developing a long-term multi-country program on increasing efficiency and sustainability of national HIV strategies in the region.

The Consortium members believe that strategic and sufficient national funding international cooperation and meaningful participation of key communities are laying the ground for effective national responses to the HIV epidemic in EECA. Main joint priorities for communities are ensuring of HIV prevention and treatment sustainability and quality combined with reduction of prices of HIV drugs.

The Consortium members plan to approach the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for financial support for a multi-country program.

The Regional Communities Consortium consists of following key communities’ networks:

–          Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA),

–          Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM),

–          Eurasian Network of People Using Drugs (ENPUD),

–          Eurasian Women’s Network on AIDS (EWNA),

–          Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN).

Consequences of the GF’s withdrawal from Serbia

Since the Global Fund has shifted the focus of its 2012-2016 Strategy and investments towards “highest-impact countries,” the EECA has experienced a 15 percent reduction in health funding for three diseases. This is a bigger funding loss than in any other region.  The Global Fund’s emphasis on disease burden and income level has meant decreased support to middle-income countries.

The sharp reduction in Global Fund support has resulted in major financial gaps in HIV and AIDS programming in EECA that governments are not prepared to fill. With no transition plan in place and a lack of support from other donors, Serbia is one of several countries that risks losing its previous successes in HIV prevention. Its last HIV grant form the Global Fund ended in 2014 and it is unable to apply for new funding.

That is why a case study documenting the initial impacts of the Global Fund’s withdrawal from Serbia on the work of harm reduction programs in the country was developed in order to analyze the situation and try to formulate what measures the Global Fund, national governments, civil society, and other donors should consider to ease the transition and safeguard previous gains in HIV prevention in those EECA countries which are in similar situation as Serbia.

The impact of the Global Fund’s withdrawal on harm reduction programs. A case study from Serbia (PDF).

The document was originally published by Eurasian Harm Reduction Network on www.harm-reduction.org

Transition in the Balkans: Montenegro

Seeking to evaluate the processes and consequences of the transition from the Global Fund financing of HIV response among key affected populations with the sustainability of harm reduction services, a number of case studies were developed on some of Balkan countries.

The impact of the transition from the Global Fund support to national funding on the sustainability of harm reduction programs in Montenegro is discussed in details below.

Case Study from Montenegro

Transition in the Balkans: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Seeking to evaluate the processes and consequences of the transition from the Global Fund financing of HIV response among key affected populations with the sustainability of harm reduction services, a number of case studies were developed on some of Balkan countries.

The impact of the transition from the Global Fund support to national funding on the sustainability of harm reduction programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina is discussed in details below.

Case Study from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Transition in the Balkans: Romania

Seeking to evaluate the processes and consequences of the transition from the Global Fund financing of HIV response among key affected populations with the sustainability of harm reduction services, a number of case studies were developed on some of Balkan countries.

The impact of the transition from the Global Fund support to national funding on the sustainability of harm reduction programs in Romania is discussed in details below.

Case Study from Romania

Transition in the Balkans: Bulgaria

Seeking to evaluate the processes and consequences of the transition from the Global Fund financing of HIV response among key affected populations with the sustainability of harm reduction services, a number of case studies were developed on some of Balkan countries.

The impact of the transition from the Global Fund support to national funding on the sustainability of harm reduction programs in Bulgaria is discussed in details below.

Case Study from Bulgaria