Presentation was prepared by Eliza Kurcevič and Ganna Dovbakh, EHRA for the 4 European Harm Reduction Conference
The aim of the Conference is to show the overall drug policy situation in the international context and how it affects people, who use drugs; to provide to the audience the historical context that led Czech Republic and Norway to the decision of decriminalizing drug use and possession for use; to teach and share with Lithuanian legislators best practices of the drug policy reforms, by giving more international expertise.
11.45 – 12.30
Moderator: Ganna Dovbakh and Wolfgang Phillipp
Naomi Burke-Shyne, HRI
Katya Lukicheva, OSI
Palani Narayanan, Global Fund
Susanna Ronconi, Forum Droghe, Italy
Marian Ursan, Carusel, Romania
12.30 – 12.45
Ganna Dovbakh, EHRA
16.00 – 17.30
Chair: Alexandra Gurinova
Co-organised by the European Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction (HA-REACT), HA-REACT addresses existing gaps in the prevention of HIV and other co-infections, especially tuberculosis and viral hepatitis, among people who inject drugs (PWID). It is a joint effort of 23 organisations in 18 EU Member States, and focuses on those countries where there are obvious gaps in effective and evidence-informed harm reduction interventions, or where such interventions are not being implemented at a sufficient level.
• Alexandra Gurinova, Deutsche Aids Hilfe, Germany
• Olga Belyayeva, Eurasian Harem Reduction Association, Lithuania
Integrated care for people who use drugs – challenges and recommendations
• Kristel Kivimets, National Institute for Health Development, Estonia
Responding to HIV and overdose epidemics in Estonia
• Aljona Kurbatova, National Institute for Health Development, Estonia
Drug policy change through the lens of OST treatment implementation in Lithuania
• Morgana Daniele, Youth Rise, UK
11.00 – 12.30
Room: 2 – MIRCEA ELIADE
Chair: Ekaterina Lukicheva
This session aims to increase the understanding of progress and key success factors that lead to sustainability of HR programs in countries transitioning from Global Fund’s support of HIV response to national funding including the role civil society and community representatives plays in these processes.
14.00 – 15.30
Room 2 – MIRCEA ELIADE
Chair: Raminta Stuikyte
This sesison will discuss the challenges, lessons learnt and possible opportunities for NGOs in those EU member counties which lack of the political will to ensure the sustainability of harm reduction services at the expense of the state budget
09.00 – 10.30
Room: 1 – Aula
Chair: Ganna Dovbakh
This session aims to provide space for discussion on current drug policy trends in Europe, the impact of international drug policies on European national policies and practice and the ways of transferring European best practices to other regions.
Shrinking space for harm reduction and human rights in EU based on Hungarian situation
Peter Sarosi, Drugreporter, Hungary
Promotion of Alternatives to Coercive Sanctions (ACS) Programs in EECA
Dasha Matyushina, Eurasian Harm Reduction Association, Russia
Guidelines for law enforcement to improve public health outcomes for YPUD
Morgana Daniele, Youth Rise, UK
09.00 – 10.30
Room: 4 – Simion Mehedinti
Chair: Eliza Kurcevič
The session aims to provide space for women who use drugs and specialists working with this group to share and discuss gender specific consequences of repressive drug policies and the availability and quality of existing services inclusion of the community in the global women’s movement.
Gender differences among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Estonia
Maris Salekesin, National Institute for Health Development, Estonia
Human Rights of Women Who Use Drugs: Institutional Violence and Human Rights Abuse by OST Clinics’ Staff
Maria Plotko, Eurasian Harm Reduction Association, Lithuania
Harm Reduction Challenge: public nuisance vs public health
Aura Ruig, Metzineres, Spain
Protection of Harm Reduction and Community Activists from Pressure, Arbitrary Arrest and other Forms of Abuse by Authorities
Dasha Matyushina, Eurasian Harm Reduction Association, Russia
Harm reduction from perspective of feminism and history of the feminist movement
Fenya Fischler, Association for Women’s Rights in Development, UK
* – The list of the sessions, in which the representatives of EHRA’s team took part in their preparation
On 29-30 October, 2018 all 13 members of the Steering Committee (SC) and 3 Advisory Board (AB) members of EHRA, as well as the core staff of EHRA gathered for the annual meeting in Kyiv (Ukraine).
Locked in the basement. What for? He had substitution maintenance therapy (SMT) drugs — buprenorphine in his pocket.
According to the latest verified information provided by the representative Alliance for Public Health, as of mid-December 2018, Andriy is holding on well and he has no health complaints; lawyer support is provided as well as communication with his parents. Due to the involvement of a local lawyer, the characteristics and petitions received from Ukrainian and regional and international organizations are attached to the case. The fact of Andriy’s unlawful arrest in the “LPR” was recorded (without indicating personal data) in a recent regular report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the situation in Ukraine. Several times per month, deliveries with food, clothing and essential items are transferred to Andriy. In the coming month, the “criminal case” is expected to be sent to the local “court” for consideration.
Andriy is our friend, leader, smart and brave person, is in need for our help.
The Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) approach to work with people who use drugs (PWUD) is based on the recognition of principle of greater involvement of PWUD in policy and advocacy work as well as in programs and services that affect their lives.
In an effort to provide skills, knowledge and capacity building support to PWUD community, we are developing programs which help PWUD to become experts and take leadership in advocacy on national, regional and international levels for better policies and services which correspond to their needs.
EHRA Secretariat’s expertise on wide spectrum of technical assistance and community mobilization is used to produce tools and provide technical support for PWUD community to facilitate cooperation and communications on international, regional and national level between civil society, PWUD community groups and decision makers in advocacy, community led monitoring of policies, services and funding of harm reduction programs.
All the activities and programs are implemented by EHRA Secretariat in close cooperation with Association members national PWUD community networks and leading regional and international drug user networks, harm reduction and drug policy organizations – Eurasian Network of People who Use Drugs (ENPUD), European Network of People who Use Drugs (EuroNPUD), International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD), International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), Harm Reduction International (HRI), Youth RISE and others.
Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) is a membership-based organization. We encourage organizations and individuals from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia to review the goals and mission of the Association and consider applying for membership. Natural persons or legal entities who cannot fulfil geographical criteria for membership are welcome to become EHRA supporting members.
There are no membership fees, but members need to be committed to support the principles and approaches of harm reduction; respect and follow the Association’s regulations and decisions, including its by-laws; abide the Statute of the Association and the decisions of the bodies of the Association.
Author: Olga Belyaeva, Advocacy Manager, EHRA, the #Narkonomics movement: from street to government.