REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: trainers to run an online course on delivering digital services to key populations

We are looking for trainers to run an online course on delivering digital services to key populations

RFP Number EHRA-05-19
RFP Title Trainer online course on digital services
RFP Closing Date and time: 24:00 EET on June 12, 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. This call for proposals is organized within the project “Sustainability of Services for Key Populations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia”.

The consultants selected under this request for proposals will be financed from two different projects. The work of a trainer to deliver a course for social workers, outreach workers, psychologists and other professionals providing counselling to people who use drugs will be funded from the multi-country project ‘Sustainability of Services for Key Populations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia’ funded by the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The work of trainers to deliver a course on online services for other key populations, including gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, and women and young people living with HIV will be funded by the Eurasian Regional Consortium project supported by the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCF).

In 2021, in collaboration with the Global Public Health Network, EHRA has developed an online course that provides the basic knowledge and skills needed by community workers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals who are already involved in or are just planning to launch digital and remote services for key populations.

The course consists of four modules with learning content, self-tests, additional tips and practical exercises. The course also contains additional materials including questionnaires and surveys, videos and links to external sources.

The course is designed in a way that 80% of the material is for for self-study, and the rest 20% with supervision of trainers.

The course is available in Russian and English and can be found on the LearnWorlds platform – https://ehra.learnworlds.com/course/digi.

 

Aim of the consultancy: 

As part of this request for proposals, we are looking for one or more qualified trainers who will be able to independently deliver an online course for 5 different groups in Russian or English.

Objectives of the consultancy:

  1. familiarise with the course content and how to manage the LearnWorlds platform. EHRA will provide instructions on course management, access to the LearnWorlds platform, and technical support to trainers.
  2. Conduct online trainings for 6 groups of participants. In each training, the trainer will be required to keep high level of attention and interest of the course participants (up to 30 people) while going through 5 training modules and 4 online sessions in each training session, controlling giving feedback on test assignments.
  3. Provide participants with counselling and mentoring support after completion the course (no more than 2 hours of support for participants on request).
  4. Provide a progress report, including recommendations for further technical support to specialists who provide online services to key groups. 

Proposed timeline: All trainings must be completed by 31 October 2022. A detailed training plan will be agreed separately with trainers.

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
Experience of working as trainer (including experience of delivering online training) 40

 

Experience in working with key populations 30

 

Relevant education (psychology, social work, pedagogy) 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 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:

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter

The CV and Letter of Interest should clearly reflect the competency of the candidate and trainer’s experience (including delivery of online trainings) necessary to complete this task, as well as include daily rate in US dollars.

Please submit your proposal to the info@harmreductioneurasia.org. In the subject line of your e-mail please indicate the RFP number (EHRA-05-19) 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 June 17, 2022. Each candidate will be contacted individually.
  • Any questions regarding the participation should be sent to igor@harmreductioneurasia.org till June 9, 2022.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: consultant to develop practical compendium of methods for community-led monitoring

RFP Number EHRA-05-18
RFP Title Consultancy CLM practical compendium
RFP Closing Date and time: 24:00 EET on June 05, 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. This call for proposals is organized within the project “Sustainability of Services for Key Populations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia”.

Community-led monitoring is becoming increasingly demanding among both key population community groups and donors as an approach and mechanism in identifying and addressing gaps in HIV response in the CECCA region.

However, community groups often abstain to get involved in CLM, thinking it costly, complicated, and has limited advocacy effect. Many community groups face challenges to choose correct monitoring methods, compatible with organization’s human, financial and technical resources.

In December 2021, EHRA in collaboration with UNAIDS and GF carried out a webinar (link: https://eecaplatform.org/en/webinar-on-clm/), where community and civil society activists were provided with information about:

  • international approaches to CLM by UNAIDS and the Global Fund,[1]
  • existing experience of conducting CLM and follow-up advocacy by different community groups in the CEECA region (gender audit by EWNA, community satisfaction by EHRA, „secret client“ by ECOM).[2]
  • addressed key principles and approaches when selecting CLM methods and role of CLM in community-driven advocacy, illustrated with practical examples.

Other CLM resources include:

  • CLM Resource Hub, powered by UNAIDS,
  • Community–Led Monitoring Tools developed by PEPFAR,
  • Technical Guidance: Principles and process in establishing CLM of HIV services, developed by UNAIDS,
  • A community toolkit developed by ITPC.

Aim of the consultancy:

With this RFP we are looking for a qualified external consultant who will help us to develop practical compendium of CLM methods. This document should easily explain community groups different CLM methods and how logically select appropriate one, to identify gaps or address stated advocacy asks. The guidance should also show in a simple way, a clear link between the chosen methods and required human, financial and technical resources needed to carry out the monitoring.

 

Objectives of the consultancy:

  1. Develop a practical compendium of CLM methods. Should be completed before 10th July 2022.
    • Develop preliminary outline of the compendium, in consultation with EHRA.
    • Draft compendium of CLM methods which contains structured catalogue of different CLM methods with clear and simple explanation of each method. The catalogue should also include section with complete list of possible issues that CLM could address; examples of required financial, technical, and human resources for each CLM method; clear explanation and criteria of what is the difference between CLM and other research and monitoring methods; illustrative examples of CLM use. Volume of the publication should not exceed  30 A4 pages, Times New Roman 12, excluding infographics and illustrations. The document can be drafted in ENGLISH or RUSSIAN languages.
    • The document should be written in a simple, clear language, understandable to people without special education and without use of specific sociological professional terminology. This tool should not duplicate all previous efforts made by the
    • Finalize the guidance, after two rounds of feedback from EHRA.
  1. Participate in development of a webinar and content for online tool for community-based organizations. The webinars will be focused on CLM methods described in the tool. All webinars will be conducted tentatively in August 2022.

 

Proposed timeline:

All activities should be completed before 31st August, 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
Knowledge of research methodologies and experience in conducting research 40

 

Experience in working with key populations 20

 

Experience in developing tools, writing technical reports, guidance 20

 

Relevant education 20
 

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 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:

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter
  3. Examples of relevant publications

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 short description of your approach in developing the guidance and very preliminary vision of the guidance content structure (150 words max).

Please submit your proposal to the info@harmreductioneurasia.org. In the subject line of your e-mail please indicate the RFP number (EHRA-05-18) 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 June 7,2022. Each candidate will be contacted individually.
  • Any questions regarding the participation should be sent to igor@harmreductioneurasia.org till June 3, 2022.

[1] a. HOW TO IMPLEMENT COMMUNITY-LED MONITORING. A Community Toolkit. URL: https://eecaplatform.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/1205_itpc_clm_design_fullreport06_compressed.pdf

  1. Community-led Monitoring for HIV, TB and Malaria programs and to address the impacts of COVID-19. URL: https://eecaplatform.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/clm_ehra-webinar.07122021.pdf
  2. UNAIDS Perspectives and Support for CLM, by Dominic Kemps. URl: https://eecaplatform.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/clm-presentation-for-eurasian-harm-reduction-assoc-webinar-1221.pdf

[2] a. ЧЕК-ЛИСТ ПОДГОТОВКИ К ИССЛЕДОВАНИЮ. Сексуальное и репродуктивное здоровье и права

женщин, живущих с ВИЧ. URL: https://eecaplatform.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/chek-list_ezhss.pdf

  1. “Mystery Client” methodology, ECOM. URL: https://eecaplatform.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/ecom_clm.pdf
  2. Community led survey of client satisfaction with opioid maintenance therapy services among participants in Kyiv and the Kyiv Oblast region, Ukraine, by Maria Plotko. URL: https://eecaplatform.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/ehra_omt_plotko.pdf

RFP extended: Small grants to support local actions on 26 June 2022 as part of the “Support. Don’t Punish!” campaign in the CEECA region

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)

Small grants to support local actions on 26 June 2022 as part of the “Support, Don’t Punish!” campaign in the CEECA region

RFP Number EHRA-05-17
RFP Title Small grants SDP2022
RFP Closing Date and time: 23:59 EET on May 22, 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 to receive up to 500 USD in form of small grant for local actions and events on Global Day of Action, June 26 in a frame of “Support, Don’t Punish” campaign.

The Eurasian Harm Reduction Association has been actively supporting the global initiative and activities of the campaign “Support, Don’t Punish”, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. More information about the campaign can be found at https://supportdontpunish.org/join/. A report of the 2021 campaign events funded by EHRA can be found –>HERE <–

This year is no exception. We are joining the broader coalition of campaigners to support drug policy reform, decriminalisation and community involvement in advocacy. EHRA as a part of the International Harm Reduction Consortium project “Ending Inequalities for People who Use Drugs: Strengthening Harm Reduction to Elevate Rights, Health and Capacity” will provide small grants to CBOs and CSOs to deliver local actions and events on June 26, organised by harm reduction activists and the community of people who use drugs, who on the ground are resolutely opposing the harmful “war on drugs”.

 

IMPLEMENTATION TIME: June 2022

Language of proposal: Russian or English

Application submission deadline: 23:59 EET on May 22, 2022

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS

  • Only non-governmental and non-profit organisations registered as legal entities in one of the 29 countries of the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia region can apply. Initiative groups can also apply, but their fiscal agent must be an NGO or non-profit organisation.
  • Work with / represent / provide services to / advocate for the needs of people who use drugs.

The total budget for sub-grants is $2 000. 4 groups/organizations with a highest score (out of 100 points) and based in 4 different countries will be selected to receive the funding. Maximum grant amount is 500 $.

 

EVALUATION CRITERIA

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

Evaluation criteria: Points
Clear and specific description of stated problem.

The stated problem is directly connected with drug policy reform, decriminalisation and community advocacy.

30
The proposed activities should be feasible. 20
The anticipated results should be realistic, commensurate with the proposed format and budget. 20
Realistic and justified budget 20
Applicant is member of EHRA 10
Maximum possible number of points 100

How to apply

To be eligible as EHRA sub-grantee, any organization or initiative group must comply with

 Applicants must submit the following documents:

Application form <– download 

– 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: EHRA-05-17 “Small grants SDP2022”_ and name of your organization/ initiative group.  Otherwise, the application will not be considered.

 

General terms and conditions

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.

Interested applicants should pay attention to the following conditions:

  • EHRA will sign an agreement with 4 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 20th May 2022. Each applicant will be contacted individually.
  • Any questions regarding the participation should be sent to igor@harmreductioneurasia.org till May 13, 2022.

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association’s position on the Russian military aggression in Ukraine

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association condemns the Russian war against Ukraine

The values of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA), our mission, and all our work are aimed at ensuring the people’s rights and freedoms, health, and well-being.

We consider the actions of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine as an act of genocide against the people of Ukraine and a grave violation of the international humanitarian and human rights law. We condemn and oppose Russia’s act of aggression and incursion into the sovereign state of Ukraine in violation of international law.

We make every effort to support Ukrainians, first of all, those from among the representatives of key populations affected by HIV, TB, including people who use drugs, who became a victim of this war and genocide.

In regard to the above-mentioned, EHRA will stop any partnership with organizations or individuals who do not support the position of the EHRA on the issue of Russian aggression against Ukraine. By default, the position represents the opinion of all EHRA members.

Expert Group Meeting of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association

Moving Together Towards Quality Harm Reduction[1]

5-7 October 2021

Meeting report

Contents

Rational and background of the meeting. 2

Meeting goals and objectives. 3

Summary of highlights and key themes discussed during the meeting. 4

Immediate next steps in national and regional advocacy. 7

Rational and background of the meeting

Harm reduction as a concept appeared in 1980s as a solution to health problem – the spread of HIV/AIDS among injecting drug users. Since its pioneer days, the key success factor for effectiveness of harm reduction interventions is the adherence to four fundamental principles – (1) respecting the human rights of people who use drugs, (2) commitment to evidence, (3) commitment to social justice and collaborating with community of people who use drugs, (4) free from stigma and discrimination.

A definition provided by the Harm Reduction International is consistent with EHRA understanding of harm reduction. “Harm reduction is policies, programs, and practices aimed at minimizing the negative effects of current policies on the health, social opportunities, and human rights of people who use drugs. Harm reduction is based on justice and human rights aimed at positive changes and the provision of social and medical assistance to people without condemnation, coercion, discrimination, or requiring them to stop using psychoactive substances as a prerequisite for support”[2].

Harm reduction as a comprehensive package of interventions[3] for the prevention, treatment, and care of HIV among people who inject drugs[4] has been endorsed widely, by WHO, UNAIDS, UNODC, the UN General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, the Global Fund and PEPFAR.

Over the years, harm reduction has evolved, new interventions have been added, to meet the needs of people who use drugs and public health challenges.

To date, there are many modalities of harm reduction approaches, however, not all of them adhere to the fundamental principles. In practice, quite vague interpretation of harm reduction concept negatively affects the quality of the programmes, causing lower enrolment rates and efficiency of interventions.

At the moment, as the data shows access to full-scope quality harm reduction services in CEECA countries is limited. In many CEECA countries, existing harm reduction interventions do not include distribution of naloxone, drug checking, access to sexual and reproductive health services, and/or access to social service programs. As a result, harm reduction programs may not have the ability to reduce overdose mortality; protect against HIV and other blood-borne infections; ensure access to HIV, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted infections (STI) treatment; and/or provide social support and social integration for people who use drugs. The reason for such a significant aberration in provision of harm reduction services lies in criminalization of drug use which creates barriers for effective service provision and significantly influences lack of political will of national and municipal authorities to fund comprehensive harm reduction services. Its more politically and publicly acceptable to finance and deliver harm reduction interventions as blood-borne diseases prevention among vulnerable populations instead of funding and developing programmes aimed at saving the lives, health and social welfare of people who use drugs. If the states would really want to end HIV and preserve public health as it stated in many government strategies harm reduction programs would look differently.

The new Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026[5] emphasizes the urgent need to change the laws, remove legal barriers, eliminate stigma and discrimination. Thus, harm reduction service providers should include advocacy and change of policies and practices in their work, and communities should engage in monitoring and evaluation of provided services and actively participate in the development of programs and policies[6].

EHRA seeks to ensure that countries in the CEECA region have access to quality and effective harm reduction services based on the needs of people who use psychoactive substances that also consider any new changes in the drug scene. It is important for us that different groups of people who use psychoactive substances have access to harm reduction, including women, youth and adolescents, people with physical or mental health issues, and people living with HIV, viral hepatitis, and tuberculosis. We consider harm reduction services as an integral part of ensuring universal health coverage for people who use psychoactive substances; this population often experiences the most severe forms of discrimination and is the most vulnerable in terms of socio-economic status.

Expert group meeting  was organized to meet EHRA’s strategic objective 2.1[7] from EHRA Strategy 2020-2024: „Contribute to improving the quality and comprehensiveness of existing harm reduction services in the countries of the CEECA region” specifically to support development of a simple system of self-assessment and peer review by professionals and technical assistance to improve the quality of harm reduction programs is developed by EHRA through expert practitioners based on international standards and recommendations.

 

Meeting goals and objectives

Why we need this:

During the transition from international to state funding, the quality of harm reduction

programs is lost with cutting unit costs. The role of EHRA as a professional network is to

define criteria of harm reduction quality and to agree on joint advocacy and capacity

building plan for the network to improve the quality and comprehensiveness of existing

harm reduction services in the countries of the CEECA region.

The EHRA Secretariat initiated a meeting to identify what EHRA, as a professional harm reduction association in the region should do about the deteriorating quality of harm reduction services in CEECA. 20 EHRA member organizations from 14 CEECA countries with vast expertise of harm reduction service provision were invited to the meeting.

Outcomes of the meeting:

– A clear understanding of the harm reduction goals and definition of quality criteria

(EHRA position paper)

– EHRA approaches to ensure quality and support national advocacy

– Establishment of EHRA expert group on harm reduction quality in the region with

regular annual meetings

 

Meeting outline

  • Overview of current state of harm reduction in CEECA
  • Discussion on the key challenges in ensuring quality of harm reduction from position of service provider, clients and donors/state
  • Exploring methods and evidence based best practices in service quality assurance
  • Building consensus on the key approaches to setting targets and measuring the quality of harm reduction services.
  • Map out EHRA’s immediate next steps and in national and regional advocacy on ensuring quality of harm reduction in CEECA

The meeting sought to focus on finding expert consensus, taking into account differences in the state of harm reduction in countries, variations in modes of provision, specifics linked to sources of funding, best practices in insuring delivery of quality services, international guiding documents and recommendations, on the following issues:

 

  • What is the goal of harm reduction services?
  • What are the components of harm reduction?
  • Whcih criteria show that service is of high quality?
  • What are the key criteria to measure harm reduction quality?

Summary of highlights and key themes discussed during the meeting

After comprehensive overview of current state of harm reduction in CEECA, and discussing country specifics shared by experts, the four issues has been identified to be addressed urgently:

  • reduction of harm reduction to HIV prevention and the need to include the broad range of health and social services and/or referral system,
  • need to involve mental health into the concept of harm reduction,
  • lack of services for young people and gender sensitive services,
  • lack of services for the users of new psychoactive substances and overall rigidity of services.

Participants have confirmed that a definition of harm reduction currently used by EHRA  is up to date and must be used for designing any harm reduction intervention.  

Participants one more time stressed that services should be considered holistically and should protect person’s life and dignity at their core. Interventions should be designed to reduce legal, health (incl. psychological, mental, HIV, HCV, TB, Covid) and social harms or risks associated with drug use; and to guarantee access to medical and social care for the most in need (complex of medical + social services for person and family for different groups: women, young people, imprisoned ones, polydrug users).

Experts agreed that in addition to a comprehensive package of 9 interventions for the prevention, treatment and care of HIV among people who inject drugs, that has been endorsed widely, by WHO, UNAIDS, UNODC, the UN General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, the Global Fund and PEPFAR, quality harm reduction should include various additional possibilities and components:

The comprehensive HIV package Additional components that should be included
Needle and syringe programmes Stimulant substitution treatment
Opioid substitution therapy and other evidence-based drug dependence treatment Primary medical care (e.g. treatment of wounds, abscesses)
HIV testing and counselling Peer-work and outreach
Antiretroviral therapy Digital/online outreach;
Prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections Mental health support, including peers with double diagnosis (for example, drug dependence and bipolar)
Condom programmes for people who inject drugs and their sexual partners Integrated treatment of HIV, Hepatitis C, NSP and OST services

 

Targeted information, education and communication for people who inject drugs and their sexual partners Everyday housekeeping services (e.g. washing machines, shower, food, etc.)
Prevention, vaccination, diagnosis and treatment for viral hepatitis Shelters for women who use drugs victims of violence
Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis. Overdose prevention interventions (both for opioid and stimulant users)

 

Social care, case management (incl. development of clients social skills, assistance with employment)
Legal consultations/paralegal help
Drop-in centers / safe spaces to relax, spend time
Safe consumption rooms (not only for injectable drugs)
Drug checking
Gender sensitive services for women who use drugs

Expert group agreed, that a good quality harm reduction program should meet the following criteria, it should be:

  • trustful;
  • culture appropriate;
  • accessible 24/7 or at least on a regular basis;
  • sustainable in terms of stable team and working hours;
  • flexible;
  • intersectional, responding to the needs of different communities;
  • client oriented;
  • measurable;
  • accessed without barriers;
  • safe (comfortable, anonymous).

To assess the quality of existing programs there should be:

  • space and tools to provide feedback (e.g. to measure client’s satisfaction);
  • supervision, intervision for staff, performance appraisal;
  • community involvement in decision making;
  • optimization of data collection and sufficient budget for research.

The main role of Eurasian Harm Reduction Association should be ensuring quality of harm reduction services in the region – advocacy and technical support for the members, mentoring, platform for sharing the best practices, collecting related material and information, cooperation with international bodies.

 

Immediate next steps in national and regional advocacy

Participants mapped out EHRA’s immediate next steps and required national and regional advocacy efforts to ensure quality of harm reduction in CEECA. EHRA Expert group on harm reduction quality will be involved in each step of the development of:

* EHRA position on quality of harm reduction services. The position should be developed internally, widely discussed among EHRA members and adopted to strengthen advocacy for access to high-quality, evidence-based, gender-transformative, non-discriminatory harm reduction services in freedom and in closed settings that have proven to be effective and are based on people’s needs and human rights. Before the approval draft position will be presented to the Steering Committee, discussed with the Expert group as well as members of the Association and reviewed by Advisory board.

* Components, arguments, criteria (CAC). Development of the set of evidence-based advocacy arguments organized in on-line platform describing Components, Arguments, Criteria (CAC) for improvement of quality of harm reduction programs in CEECA, considering COVID-19 learnings from national and regional advocacy for quality harm reduction services. Arguments need to contain links on scientific evidence and international recommendations. Developed set of CAC need to include answers on the following questions:

  • What kind of components quality harm reduction program should include to fulfill its goals?
  • Arguments with links to scientific data supporting inclusion of each of the components
  • Criteria that should be used to access the quality of existing services

* Collection of the set of best practices and practical examples of harm reduction programs effectively implementing each of the CAC components in CECCA region.

  • Self-assessment system (toolbox) to assess the quality of harm reduction programs and services.

* Advocacy with WHO, UNAIDS, UNODC, Global Fund to ensure that the quality of services is reflected in their documents.

[1]This meeting was organized Eurasian harm reduction association (EHRA) in the framework of in the project of Eurasian Regional Consortium “Thinking outside the box: overcoming challenges in community advocacy for sustainable and high-quality HIV services” supported by the Robert Carr Fund for civil society networks.

[2] https://harmreductioneurasia.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/EHRA-Strategy-2020-2024-ENG.pdf

[3] https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/978924150437

[4] https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/208825/9789241549684_eng.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

[5] https://www.unaids.org/en/Global-AIDS-Strategy-2021-2026

[6] “Decision-makers cannot hope to develop and implement new strategies for quality without properly engaging health-service providers, communities, and service users”. https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/43470/9241563249_eng.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

[7] https://harmreductioneurasia.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/EHRA-Strategy-2020-2024-ENG.pdf

WEBINAR: how to ensure shelter, social, psychological, and legal help for women who use drugs in case of gender-based violence

On March 29 EHRA hosted a webinar for harm reduction and social care professionals on how to ensure shelter, social, psychological, and legal help for women who use drugs in case of gender-based violence. During the webinar participants discussed professionals best international and regional practices and working models of comprehensive social care services for women who use drugs survivors of gender-based violence.

Record of the webinar

Agenda of the webinar Download PDF file 

Additional resources: 

Online course for social workers on how to provide services for people living with addiction : https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/identifying-and-responding-to-drug-and-alcohol-addiction

Screening tool on gender-based violence among key affected populations of women https://projectwings.org/

The Children’s Rights Perpective in Addiction Services https://www.dianova.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/2022201-children-rights-perspective-in-addiction-services-EN.pdf

We are looking for a Communication Officer to join our team

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association is looking for a professional Communication Officer to join our team.

EXPECTED START DATE: ASAP

JOB TYPE: permanent

JOB LOCATION: office-based in Vilnius, Lithuania

COMPENSATION:  1000-1200 EUR net, commensurate with experience

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit their updated resume, a cover letter detailing their experience and how they would translate to this position, as well as any applicable writing samples.

Documents should be sent to: igor@harmreductioneurasia.org

Download full job description HERE

Job Summary

The primary duty of the Communications Officer is to implement the organization’s communication strategy and annual communication plans by employing effective communications and using available resources, means and tools.

The Communication Officer provides communications and administrative support to program staff and coordinates EHRA’s key messaging/communications products through communication channels (websites, listservs, social media etc.).

Other responsibilities include participation in developing and delivering issue-based campaigns to promote EHRA’s strategic objectives and maintaining relations with media to ensure EHRA’s presence in media and coverage of key harm reduction and human rights issues.

JOB DUTIES

  • Provide administrative support to team (e.g. posting on listservs, drafting weekly staff meeting minutes, etc.)
  • Support program staff in developing project related communications (e.g. events, draft and edit content such as press releases, blogs, social media posts, presentations, visual and handouts materials).
  • Maintain content and visual identity on websites and social media
  • Produce quarterly digest, newsletters and annual program report that summarize EHRA’s performance and impact for members and internal audiences, primarily partners and donors.
  • Coordinate production of organizational podcasts.
  • Organize and facilitate interviews
  • Coordinate issue-based campaigns
  • Maintain relations with international and national media to ensure EHRA’s presence in media and coverage of key harm reduction and human rights issues.
  • Perform regular monitoring of communication activities and products

QUALIFICATIONS FOR POSITION

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing or a related field;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • An understanding of social media strategies and media relations.
  • Above average knowledge of various social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • English and Russian language speaking and writing skills;
  • Proficiency in office management software (knowledge of design and video production software is an asset);
  • Strong personal and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • The ability to multitask.
  • Flexibility, adaptability and commitment to work within an international team;
  • Understanding of the non-profit/NGO world, including reporting, timetables and deadlines working experience within the NGO, especially international, would be a strong asset;
  • Tolerance and comfort working with diverse communities (e.g. people who use drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, etc.)

Ми запускаємо роботу телеграм каналу для допомоги українцям з числа людей, які вживають наркотики

Ми запускаємо роботу телеграм каналу для допомоги українцям з числа людей, які вживають наркотики, у  координації та наданні соціальної, медичної та гуманітарної підтримки в Україні. Канал надаватиме допомогу в наступних напрямках:

– підтримка та координація в отриманні доступу до замісної терапії (ЗПТ), антиретровірусної терапії, протитуберкульозного (ПТБ) та лікування гепатиту для людей, які вживають наркотики в Україні та за кордоном

– підтримка та координація в отриманні доступу до гуманітарної допомоги, житла, медично-соціальних потреб для людей, які вживають наркотики в Україні та за кордоном

– можливості соціальної, медичної та гуманітарної підтримки для людей, які вживають наркотики та перебувають в Україні

 

Доступ до каналу ви зможете знайти за посиланням https://t.me/HarmReductionForUkrainians.

Просимо вас надсилати інформацію щодо каналу тим, хто потребує допомоги.

Digital Security Information

The material was prepared using the original video and text available in Russian at the following links:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLACSL_eyukhttps://mailchi.mp/getkit.news/readnews

Digital security – or how to protect your online identity, data, and other assets?

Activists, human rights defenders and civil society organizations are at risk of violation of their right to information and freedom of expression.
In this section, find practical advices on how to protect your digital information.

First of all, you should answer the following questions for yourself and assess your risks

  • What do I want to protect?

(In case I want to protect, for example, document scans, and not communication, then the recommendation to use Signal will not be relevant)

  • Where is information stored?

(on a computer, in the office, at home, on which messenger, on which platform?)

  • Who has access to information?

(shared computers, folders, directories, you should specify what is important and what can happen to information. The answer is subjective)

  • What can happen to it?

(cases of phishing or account hacking attempts…)

  • What will be the consequences for ME?

If you have high risks

  • Seek help from colleagues, donors, community, organizations
  • Request an audit or assessment of your risk exposure

Digital hygiene

  • Messengers are better than SMS
  • Unique passwords for important accounts
  • Two-factor authentication on important account
  • Learn to recognize phishing
  • Backup copies of important information
  • Encrypt and lock devices
  • Update all programs
  • Uninstall programs you don’t use

How often are accounts hacked?

  • An attacker has learned your password from a hacked site and tries to log into Facebook with this password
  • Phishing – a fake site asks you to enter your password or two-step verification code
  • Your account has junk mail, an attacker has gained access to it and is trying to reset passwords on your other accounts

Check your email with https://haveibeenpwned.com/

Phishing message

Phishing is when attackers send malicious emails designed to trick people into falling for a scam. The intent is often to get users to reveal financial information, system credentials or other sensitive data.

What Does a Phishing Email Look Like?

Takes you to a page which looks identical to Google, Apple or other official landing pages, in order to get your password.

Example of a fake landing page:

How to check files for viruses?

  • Save file but DO NOT open it
  • Open Virustotal.com website
  • Upload file to be reviewed
  • View antivirus scan results

Protecting accounts from hacking

  • Account being registered on trusted mail address
  • Use unique passwords for important accounts
  • 2-Step Verification (SMS/generator/backup codes) should be configured
  • Use the account only on your devices
  • Customized ways to restore access to your account or securely saved password

Communication protection

  • Do not say anything secret on your mobile phone
  • Do not write anything secret in SMS
  • It is safer to talk over the Internet
  • Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Skype
  • WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram secret chat
  • Protect devices

Possible risks with devices

  • Breakage, theft, loss of device and loss of information
  • Virus infection, leaking or loss of information
  • Withdrawal and subsequent access to information

Computer protection

  • Use of legal operating systems and programs
  • Regular software updates
  • Back up important data
  • Account separation in Windows or MacOS
  • Lock with password
  • If you need protection against seizure and access to data, encrypt

Mobile Device Protection

  • Latest versions of Android OS or iOS
  • Regular software updates
  • Back up important data
  • Screen lock with password/pin code/bio-metrics
  • Hidden message content on locked device
  • If you need protection against seizure and access to data, encrypt
  • Do not give the phone to anyone

8 simple principles which can help you to distinguish truth from fake news​

  1. The primary principle is to distrust all sources of information. Choose one source with a transparent information policy and a good news service that you really trust.
  2. Now expand the list of sources, guided, as in the primary principle, by common sense and using the following tips:
  • a team is better than one person
  • better an independent team whose work is paid by readers
  • clearly defined anti-war position
  1. Select at least two to a maximum five sources, taking into account the time the information resource appeared (you should be wary of the newly created and unknown onces), and whether and if so, which personnel changes took place lately in the information resource you’ve selected.
  2. Ignore official sources, media with state participation. For example, the requirement of Roskomnadzor to use only information from Russian official sources when covering the war topic, is de facto military censorship.
  3. When it comes to infrastructure, read the primary sources. Information about flight cancellations should be taken from the airport website, about the injection of money into the economy by the Central Bank – from the press release of the Central Bank, etc.
  4. Don’t get emotional and keep cool. Try to avoid news with value judgments of the authors (“their vile spies”, “our brave scouts”, etc.).
  5. Social networks and instant messengers are unreliable. Especially in wartime, trolls who are given content plans about what and how to write become active, as well as coordinated campaigns are being organized to spread lies. You should ignore not only the messages in your feed, but also in the comments under your posts.
  6. Don’t be afraid to miss something. By following the informational diet described above, you will have more time for positive creativity and reflection.

Statements, Recommendations and Other Documents

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association condemns the Russian war against Ukraine

The values of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA), our mission, and all our work are aimed at ensuring the people’s rights and freedoms, health, and well-being.

We consider the actions of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine as an act of genocide against the people of Ukraine and a grave violation of the international humanitarian and human rights law. We condemn and oppose Russia’s act of aggression and incursion into the sovereign state of Ukraine in violation of international law.

We make every effort to support Ukrainians, first of all, those from among the representatives of key populations affected by HIV, TB, including people who use drugs, who became a victim of this war and genocide.

In regard to the above-mentioned, EHRA will stop any partnership with organizations or individuals who do not support the position of the EHRA on the issue of Russian aggression against Ukraine. By default, the position represents the opinion of all EHRA members.

Regional and global public health professionals and community and civil society activists call on WHO to make a strong statement on Ukraine, with clear public health messaging and a bold plan to support people in need and mitigate human suffering that will come with the escalation of the Russian military activities in the Eastern part of Ukraine and Donbas region in particular!

 

Regional and global public health professionals and community and civil society activists call on WHO to make a strong statement on Ukraine, with clear public health messaging and a bold plan to support people in need and mitigate human suffering that will come with the escalation of the Russian military activities in the Eastern part of Ukraine and Donbas region in particular!

 

This document aims to provide operational guidance for the prevention and control of infectious diseases in the context of mass exodus of displaced people from Ukraine. It is important to note, however, that these are just few of the risks to the health and well-being of the displaced people, and that the measures described in this document should be part of a more generalised health measures, including diagnosis and treatment of chronic disease and mental and psychosocial health.

The International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) stands in solidarity with the Ukranian Network of People who Use Drugs (PUD.UA/VOLNA), the Ukranian Network of Women who Use Drugs (UNWUD/VONA) and all Ukrainian peers, colleagues, and friends against the invasion of their country by Putin’s regime. This is a clear, unequivocal act of aggression against a sovereign country and its’ people that is also against the will of many Russian people, who are vocalising their dissent, despite personal risk.

The Pompidou Group, together with leading European psycho-trauma experts, has developed recommendations on how people can better interact and communicate with persons who have experienced a crisis or difficult life event. The recommendations were developed at the request of the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior and in light of the traumatic situations experienced by the Ukrainian population due to the ongoing Russian hostilities in Ukraine.

 

INCB reminds all Governments that in acute emergencies it is possible to utilize simplified control procedures for the export, transportation, and provision of medicinal products containing controlled substances.

Competent national authorities may permit the export of medicines containing narcotic drugs and/or psychotropic substances to the areas in the absence of the corresponding import authorizations and/or estimates. Urgent deliveries do not need to be included in the estimates of the receiving country.

EHRA together with a number of partners sent out a statement on the urgency and approaches to ensure continuity of essential life-saving treatments for Ukrainians who have to flee their country due to the ongoing war, with a particular focus on two areas – HIV and opioid dependency.

The statement was sent out to:

Ms. Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
Ms. Sandra Gallina, Director General, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
Ms. Ylva Johansson, European Commissioner for Home Affairs
Mr. Pascal Canfin, MEP, Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, European Parliament
Ms. Sara Cerdas, co-Chair of the European Parliament’s Working Group on Health
Ms. Stéphanie Seydoux, French Ambassador for Global Health
Mr. Clément Beaune, French Secretary of State in charge of European Affairs
Mr. Vlastimil Válek, Minister of Health of the Czech Republic
Ms. Pavla Chomynová, Head of the Czech National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addiction
Mr. Adam Niedzielski, Minister of Health of the Republic of Poland
Mr. Piotr Jabłoński, Director, National Bureau for Drug Prevention, Republic of Poland
Ms. Anna Marzec-Bogusławska, Director, National AIDS Centre, Republic of Poland
Mr. Vladimír Lengvarský, Minister of Health of the Slovak Republic
Mr. Ľubomír Okruhlica, Chief Expert of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic for drug addiction medicine
Mr. Miklós Kásler, Minister of Human Capacities of the Republic of Hungary
Mr. Alexandru Rafila, Minister of Health of Romania
The Romanian National Anti-drug Agency
The Romanian National Centre for Mental Health
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

45 civil society organizations from different European countries including Ukraine requested relevant UN, EU structures and humanitarian institutions to urgently support and set up of an uninterrupted supply chain of humanitarian assistance to the affected populations within the country, and to establish safe humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians from Ukraine.