EHRA position on the quality of harm reduction services

In April 2022, the EHRA Steering Committee voted to adopt the EHRA Position on the quality of harm reduction services. The document was developed by a specialized expert working group of the Association members together with the EHRA Steering Committee. This is the first significant step in the implementation of Objective 2.1. of EHRA Strategy ” Contribute to improving the quality and comprehensiveness of existing harm reduction services in the countries of the CEECA region.” Now the group is working on practical steps to implement the position, the necessary arguments and tools that will help us all improve the quality of services.

Key provisions:

EHRA stands for defining harm reduction as a comprehensive approach with positive influence in health and social spheres and for setting measurable targets for the impact of harm reduction on health, social and legal aspects of the life of people who use drugs.

EHRA calls for organizing discussions with various groups of stakeholders to redefine harm reduction for the CEECA region and to use the renewed understanding of harm reduction outcomes to find new allies for harm reduction accessibility, quality and sustainability.

EHRA calls for a focus on client-centeredness of harm reduction and its responsiveness to the health and social needs of people who use drugs as the cornerstone of harm reduction quality assessments.

EHRA calls for coordinated harm reduction quality standards in countries of the CEECA region that are shared by all communities, service providers and domestic and global funders and encourages all of these stakeholders to invest in the quality of harm reduction services.

As an association of harm reduction service providers and advocates, EHRA will promote the establishment of a system of voluntary certification based on the assessment of the compliance with regional quality standards and the provision of technical assistance to increase the quality of social support and the integration of components of harm reduction.

Full text of the Position could be found HERE.

EHRA announces online General Meeting to select Advisory Board members and approve EHRA financial report for 2021

On May 9 – 22, 2022 Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) is going to conduct General Meeting of its members. During the fortnight, members of EHRA will have online-voting on two issues:

  1. Approval of EHRA financial report for 2021 year. Independent Auditors report can be found here and Treasurers signed note can be found here
  2. Approval of EHRA Advisory Board members. Please find more information about candidates and their short bios here

All members approved by EHRA Steering Committee may participate in the General meeting. Now there are 348 members. The full list of members is available on the EHRA website- https://harmreductioneurasia.org/ehra-members/

Details on the voting procedure and participation can be clarified by contacting Agne Mikulevic via e-mail: members@harmreductioneurasia.org

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP): Small grants to implement trainings and suggested pilot interventions on online peer-to-peer service provision in CEECA region

RFP Number

EHRA-04-15

RFP Title

Small grants on online peer-to-peer services provision

RFP Closing Date and time:

23:59 EET on April 25, 2022

Proposal Submission Address:

info@harmreductioneurasia.org

 BACKGROUND

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) would like to inform initiative groups and organizations of the community of people who use psychoactive substances, as well as organizations working in drug policy and harm reduction field in CEECA region, about the possibility of receiving training and financial support for the pilot interventions, related to the provision of online peer-to-peer service provision in CEECA region.

In the last decade we can observe the emergence of global online drug cultures. The increase of online drug markets led to the empowerment of people to share information, personal experiences of drug use in the forums and chats. Discussions in the forums and chats in the darknet channels showed that there is a need for developing alternative ways of communicating and providing harm reduction services and bridging the gaps between professionals and peers. What is more darknet platforms are allowing to reach harder-to-reach populations, such as young people who use drugs (as lots of young people purchase their drugs online). Covid-19 also became a big game changer in initiating provision of harm reduction services online for key affected populations, including people who use psychoactive substances. All this shows that there is a need to build a capacity of those, who are working with people who use psychoactive substances, especially to equip with knowledge peer-to-peer workers, who are usually in better position to make a first contact with people who use drugs.

 Currently, EHRA is developing a training manual on online peer-to-peer support for people who use drugs. Based on the developed training manual – trainings for the selected small grantees will be organized by them and led by EHRA.  During the trainings – working plans for the pilot interventions, based on the national realities and needs will be developed and organizations will have 2 months to implement it.

The objectives of 3 selected sub-grants are:

1. To organize logistics of 3 days face-to-face national training for up to 20 peer-to-peer workers. Training programme will be prepared and led by EHRA trainer.

2. To develop and implement pilot intervention on online peer-to-peer services for people who use drugs, based on the knowledge and skills, developed during the training.

 Thus, EHRA as a part of the International Harm Reduction Consortium project, would like to offer its assistance by organizing a national training and providing a small grant on suggested pilot interventions on online peer-to-peer service provision for 3 organizations, based in three different countries of CEECA region (1 organization per country).

IMPLEMENTATION TIME

Trainings will be organized in May – mid of June, 2022.

Pilot interventions should be implemented between mid of June – mid of August, 2022.

 LANGUAGES

Russian and English

 REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS

·        Be registered in one of the 29 countries of the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia region; in case of initiative group it should have a financial agent registered in one of the countries of CEECA;

·        Only NGOs, non-for-profit organizations can apply. Initiative groups also can apply, but their financial agent should be NGO or non-for-profit organization.

·        Working with peers, having peers in the organization/ initiative group (15-20 peers will need to take part in the training).

·        Describe why and how online peer-to-peer service provision is relevant in their country.

·        Describe how (if applicable) organization is providing online services/ consultations for key affected populations (especially for people who use drugs).

The total budget for sub-grants is $34 890. 3 groups/organizations with a highest score (out of 100 points) and based in 3 different countries will be selected to receive the funding in the amount of 11 630 USD each for a period up to 3,5 month. The amount includes: organization of national training, management costs, small grant and other costs, which should be specified in the application form.

 EVALUATION CRITERIA

Submitted applications will be evaluated by the evaluation panel of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association.

Evaluation criteria:

Points

Work experience by providing services for people who use drugs

30

Work experience by involving peer-to-peer workers in the provision of harm reduction services for people who use drugs

40

Realistic and justified budget

30

Maximum possible number of points

100

Condition

This announcement and its attachments shall not be construed as a contract or a commitment of any kind. This request for proposals in no way obligates EHRA to award a contract, nor does it commit EHRA to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the proposals.

 How to apply

To be eligible as EHRA consultant, any organization or individual must comply with the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association Code of Ethics which you can find at the following link: https://harmreductioneurasia.org/ehra-code-of-ethics/

 Applicants must submit the following documents:

Application form

– Organizational registration document

– Memorandum of cooperation (in case of working through a financial agent).

 Please submit your proposal to the info@harmreductioneurasia.org . 

In the subject line of your e-mail please indicate the RFP number, title “Small grants on online peer-to-peer services provision and name of your organization/ initiative group”.  Otherwise, the application will not be considered.

General terms

Interested applicants should pay attention to the following conditions:

                  EHRA will sign an agreement with 3 winners of the competitive selection. The contracts will define a detailed work plan, budget and payment terms.

                  EHRA reserves the right (but does not commit itself to obligations) to enter into negotiations with one or more applicants in order to obtain clarifications or additional information, as well as to agree on the timing of work.

                  Results will be announced by 2nd May 2022. Each applicant will be contacted individually.

                  Any questions regarding the participation should be sent to eliza@harmreductioneurasia.org till April 22, 2022.

Announcement of EHRA members online General Meeting

The Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) (Eurazijos žalos mažinimo asociacija), registered at Gedimino pr. 45-4, Vilnius 01109, Lithuania (actual address Verkių g. 34B, 7th floor, Vilnius, Lithuania) announces the convocation of the members online General meeting, in period from 9th May 2022 to 22ndof May 2022.

Questions for the agenda of the General Meeting of EHRA members:

  1. Approval of EHRA financial report for 2021 year. Independent Auditors report can be found here: https://harmreductioneurasia.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/EHRA_FS_2021_Indipendant-Auditors-report_signed.pdf and Treasurers signed note can be found here: https://harmreductioneurasia.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/EHRA-treasurers-note-2021_signed.pdf
  2. Approval of EHRA Advisory Board members. Please find more information about candidates and their short bios here: https://harmreductioneurasia.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Advisory-board-members-bio_ENG.docx

Timeline of the General meeting:

8th April 2022 – announcement of the General meeting of EHRA members

By 6th of May 2022 – documents for the General meeting are sent to members

from 9th of May to 22nd of May 2022 – online voting.

For any further questions or issues to be added to the agenda, please do not hesitate to contact Events and administration officer Agne Mikulevic, by the e-mail: members@harmreductioneurasia.org

 

 

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP): EHRA is looking for a consultant to do a regional analysis of the legal frameworks around drug checking services

RFP NumberEHRA-04-14
RFP TitleСonsultancy. Regional analysis on drug checking
RFP Closing Date and time:23:59 EET on April 21, 2022
Proposal Submission Address:info@harmreductioneurasia.org

 Background

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) is a non-for-profit public membership-based organization uniting harm reduction activists and organisations from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) with its mission to actively unite and support communities and civil societies to ensure the rights and freedoms, health, and well-being of people who use psychoactive substances in the CEECA region.

EHRA as a part of the International Harm Reduction Consortium project is looking for a consultant to do a regional analysis of the legal frameworks around drug checking services. Drug checking (also known as pill testing) is an evidence-informed harm reduction tool, that allows people who use drugs to help identify the substance they intend to take, and to make more informed and safer decisions about their consumption.

In the last few years, discussions about the need for the introduction of drug checking services in CEECA region countries gained momentum. It is mainly related with a high prevalence of new psychoactive substances and other dangerous adulterants, such as fentanyl. Only few countries in CEECA region have drug checking service (in most cases – those are individual organizational initiatives, rather than officially approved service). In some countries of the region (i.e. Slovenia) drug samples are collected at info points and tested in the National Forensic Laboratories, in some other countries (i.e. Lithuania, Ukraine, Georgia, Poland) drug samples are tested with colorimetric/ reagent tests. But in most countries of the region such a service doesn’t exist at all. Mainly because of the existing repressive laws, lack of political will and small financing for harm reduction services.

The aim of this consultancy is to analyze main legal, social, financial and other challenges and obstacles to initiate provision of drug checking services in CEECA region and prepare a report with recommendations on possible ways to overcome the obstacles (based on existing best practices).

Objectives of the consultancy:

  • To organize a regional call with EHRA members to identify main legal, social, financial and other challenges and obstacles to start provision of drug checking services in CEECA region.
  • To make an in-depth analysis of documents and evidence identified during regional call, which create key challenges and obstacles to start provision of drug checking services in CEECA region.
  • To prepare recommendations for each identified obstacle/ challenge, based on the provision of existing drug checking services in the world.
  • To prepare a regional report, which is comprised of analysis of challenges and obstacles, and suggested recommendations on how to possibly overcome these challenges and obstacles.
  • To participate in the regional webinar, where the final report will be presented to a wider audience (possibly also to the decision makers).

Proposed timeline:

All activities should be completed by 31st July, 2022.

 Evaluation Criteria

Submitted applications will be evaluated by the evaluation panel of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association.

A two-stage procedure will be utilized in evaluating the proposals:

  • evaluation of the previous experience (portfolio) via technical criteria – 80% in total evaluation;
  • comparison of the costs (best value for money) – 20% in total evaluation.

Cost evaluation is only undertaken for technical submissions that score a minimum 80 points out of a maximum of 100 as a requirement to pass the technical evaluation. A proposal which fails to achieve the minimum technical threshold will not be considered further.

 To assess submitted applications, the following technical criteria will be used (80%) (maximum possible number of points is 100):

Evaluation criteria:

Points

Work experience by providing services for people who use drugs

30

Work experience by involving peer-to-peer workers in the provision of harm reduction services for people who use drugs

40

Realistic and justified budget

30

Maximum possible number of points

 100

Cost proposal (20%): EHRA will allocate same importance to the provided portfolio and recorded experience as to the cost of the services. The cost proposal will be evaluated in terms of best value-for money to EHRA in EUR, price and other factors considered

Condition

This announcement and its attachments shall not be construed as a contract or a commitment of any kind. This request for proposals in no way obligates EHRA to award a contract, nor does it commit EHRA to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the proposals.

How to apply

To be eligible as a EHRA consultant, any organization or individual must comply with the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association Code of Ethics which you can find at the following link: https://harmreductioneurasia.org/ehra-code-of-ethics/

Applicants must submit the following documents:

– CV,

– Letter of Interest.

The CV and Letter of Interest should clearly reflect the competency of the candidate necessary to complete this task, as well as include the proposed number of working days for each objective, cost and timing of their implementation. Please, also add to your Letter of Interest relevant examples of your work in analyzing public health issues in few countries and preparing recommendations for the civil society advocacy.

Please submit your proposal to the info@harmreductioneurasia.org .

In the subject line of your e-mail please indicate the RFP number, title “Сonsultancy. Regional analysis on drug checking and your name”.  Otherwise, the application will not be considered.

General terms

Interested consultants should pay attention to the following conditions:

  • EHRA will sign an agreement with the winner of the competitive selection. The contract will define a detailed work plan and payment terms.
  • EHRA reserves the right (but does not commit itself to obligations) to enter into negotiations with one or more applicants in order to obtain clarifications or additional information, as well as to agree on the timing of work.
  • The winner must confirm his/her daily rate before signing of the agreement.
  • Results will be announced by 26th April 2022. Each candidate will be contacted individually.
  • Any questions regarding the participation should be sent to eliza@harmreductioneurasia.org till April 20, 2022.

Online course: “Sustainability and Survival: Resilience for civil society organizations working with key populations in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia”

EHRA invites civil society and community organizations working with key population groups to apply for the online course: “Sustainability and Survival: Resilience for civil society organizations working with key populations in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia”.

This collaborative and interactive skills development course is specifically designed for non-profit, civil society and community-based organizations from countries of the CECCA region, that advocate and/or provide direct services for key populations.  The course will help participants to acquire skills to build more diversified and sustainable funding model and confidence for organizational resilience. By the end of this course, participants are expected to be better equipped to the challenges of the current and future evolving political and funding environment.

Specifically, the course will support you in:

·        Strengthening the effectiveness and resilience of your organization;

·        Development of the strategy and plan for sustainability and piloting specific income generation approaches;

·        Ensuring that your income generation streams and targets are aligned with organizational strategy, and respond to the current funding environment that you are facing;

·        Comparing the characteristics of a range of new income sources and analyzing their potential fit for your organization (e.g. crowdfunding, social enterprise, membership models, social contracting);

·        Facilitation of creative approaches to income generation with your colleagues.

The course offers the chance to join three 3-hour live and interactive online training workshops which will take place on May 16, 19 and 24, to view a series of webinars in your own time, and to undertake exercises to embed the learning between events. You will also have a mentor, who will be able to support you to practice and implement the learning, through a project of your choosing. Certificates will be issued to those that complete the course.

The course will be delivered in English and Russian language.

Authors of the course:  Anna Sarang, Dermott McDonald, Rachel Haynes, and Victoria Ireland.

Trainers of the course: Maria Plotko (EHRA) and Anna Sarang

Course materials could be found HERE.

Who can apply? The programme is open to officially registered civil society / community-based organizations working with or for key communities (people who use drugs, women from KP groups, men who have sex with men, trans* people, young people from KP groups, LGBTQI+, sex workers) or people living with HIV, operating in one of 29 CEECA countries.

Participants must be staff members that have been involved in one or more income generation activities of the organization, able to commit to the course in May and speak and write in Russian or English.

If you would like to participate, please complete this online survey by April 29. We will be letting you know if you have a place by  May 2, 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in the course is free. The number of seats is limited to 10 organizations, 2 people from each organization (program and financial). The selection of participants will be on competitive bases, based on the quality of completed applications. Filling out the online survey does not guarantee participation in the course. We will inform you about enrolment in the group by May 2, 2022.

The course is delivered in the framework of the Eurasian Regional Consortium project  “Moving Together Towards Quality and Equality: Improved Sustainable Services for ISPs in EECA”  financed by the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCF). The Eurasian Regional Consortium joins the efforts of Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity (ECOM), Eurasian Women’s AIDS Network (EWNA), Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA), Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) and movement that unites teenagers from the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia TEENERGIZER to effectively address the lack of financial sustainability in prevention, treatment, care and support programs for the key populations vulnerable in terms of their rights violation and the risk of HI

EHRA is looking for a Project Assistant to start work immediately

Call open until the qualified assistant is recruited

EXPECTED START DATE: ASAP

JOB TYPE: permanent, full time

JOB LOCATION: Vilnius, Lithuania

COMPENSATION:  Netto salary is up to 850 euro, depending on qualifications and experience

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY

Assistant is responsible for supporting projects implementation, ensuring quality and results by:

  • Providing support to projects implementation, guaranteeing quality, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Supporting planning, monitoring and evaluation activities of the projects, in articulation with the Manager/ Program Team Lead.

Coordinating and organizing day-to-day programmatic administration activities of the EHRA Program team and supporting program staff.

TASKS:

  • Provide administrative and logistical support for project managers and officers;
  • Assist assigned managers and program team members by maintaining calendars, receiving and composing communications as correspondence, and replies to inquiries;
  • Assist in the elaboration of project work plans, reports and other program materials. Draft contracts, TORs and other documents with direction from manager/officer;
  • Process financial documents including contracts, expense reports, invoices, etc.;
  • Assist managers /officers in organizing meetings and events: draft agenda, communication with participants, writing minutes, etc. Work with and maintains data filing for events;
  • Liaise and communicate with project consultants, if necessary, under direction of manager/officer;
  • Conduct research and provide support to one or more staff members in regard to project and programmatic efforts;
  • Assist in preparation tender reports and announcements;
  • Support to follow-up on tendering process: communication with participants, etc;
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the managers and officers .

QUALIFICATIONS FOR POSITION

  • University degree, preferably in administration, social sciences, international relations, law or related area
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant, practical working experience as assistant or in administration of projects
  • Good command of English and Russian both oral and written (knowledge of other languages is a plus).
  • Experience and comfort working with diverse communities (people who use drugs, sex workers, LGBTIQ+, people living with HIV etc.) will be considered as an advantage.
  • Experience in the areas of Human Rights, Public Security or related subjects will be considered as an advantage.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.).

Interested candidates should provide:

  • updated CV outlining specific relevant experience and two references.
  • a short cover letter indicating suitability for the position.

Documents should be sent to: info@harmreductioneurasia.org.

Interviews will be done on a rolling basis.

Only shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.

Practical Information for Ukrainian Refugees Entering Italy

Information on free transportation from boarders can be found here:

Travel with “Itabus” is free for people with Ukrainian IDs.  

To get assistance in finding accommodation contact local Prefettura:

You can also use the following sites to look for accommodation:

About healthcare for foreign nationals:

http://www.pratomigranti.it/en/vivere/salute/assistenza-stranieri/pagina132.html.

To obtain STP card “ISI – Informazione Salute Immigrati

At the point of entry to Italy the following health services will be guaranteed:

  • administration of anti Covid-19, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis and Polio vaccines;
  • optional administration of measles vaccine, mumps, rubella vaccines and tuberculosis screening test, as well as other vaccinations, following an evaluation of health authorities.

More information can be found here:

Food and clothes can be received from Caritas Italiana. Locations can be found here:

You can also request assistance from local government:

Find information about harm reduction organisations in Italy here:

or download Trip App:

Available OST medication include: Methadone solution/syrup, Buprenorphine, Buprenorphine/naloxone. After registering with Prefettura you should be able to receive OST from SerD. List of providers by region can be found here:

ID or passport are required to receive ART, plus you need to register your presence in the country to Prefettura.

List of providers by region can be found here:

Practical Information for Ukrainian Refugees Entering Romania

Information on transportation from borders can be found here:

Solidarity call centre 0377300300

ARAS provides 8 places in a shelter for people living with HIV and other vulnerable persons: https://www.facebook.com/ARASRomania
ACCEPT provides shelter for LGBTQI https://www.acceptromania.ro

Information on where to receive food or clothes can be found here: https://dopomoha.ro/uk

ARAS- Romanian Association against AIDS. More information can be found here: www.arasnet.ro

Only methadone is available in Romania. 

In order to receive the treatment a person will need an identity card/passport. 

ARAS – methadone substitution treatment: Cristina Fierbinteanu, +40741636940

In order to receive the treatment a person will an identity card/ Passport. 

ARAS can assist in accessing ART treatment: Mihai Lixandru: +40742016592

https://www.facebook.com/ARASRomania