In the current COVID-19 context, people who use drugs face unique needs and risks, due to criminalisation, stigma, discrimination, underlying health issues, social marginalisation and higher economic and social vulnerabilities, including a lack of access to adequate housing and healthcare. Treatment and harm reduction services should continue to be provided to them.
People Who Use Drugs (PWUDs) can be considered as a risk group in the COVID-19 epidemic. They often live in the margins of society with low or no access to housing, employment, financial resources, social and health care, and face systematic discrimination and criminalisation in majority of countries.
In recent years, many non-profit organisations in CEECA countries started asking themselves how to survive in the new circumstances with the decreasing financial streams from usual donors.
This guide is intended to inform community activists from key affected populations (KAPs), civil society organizations (CSOs), and community-based organizations (CBOs) on how to engage in meaningful, transparent, and accountable budget advocacy towards domestic government at national or subnational level. The regional focus of this guide is Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA), although it can also be used by individuals from other regions.
“Without proper planning, having all systems and legislation in place properly working, countries are not ready.” – Ganna Dovbakh, Executive Director, EHRA presentation for EU HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis Civil Society Forum (CSF), Luxembourg, 18 June 2019
Author: Eliza Kurcevic, Membership and Program Officer, EHRA
This year, during the International Harm Reduction Conference there was plenty discussions, workshops and exchanges of experiences about drug checking services. The more experienced organizations were speaking about the positive results of this harm reduction service, as well about the need to make it more accessible for people who use drugs, while organizations, which just started drug checking, were sharing the barriers and challenges they face while providing this service.
On February 13-14, 2019 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA), within the framework of the Regional Communication and Coordination Platform project in the EECA region, with the support of the Global Fund, held a two-day workshop on “Developing the capacity of CCM members representatives civil society in Central Asia” for CCM representatives from the non-governmental sector from 4 countries of Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
On the 11th January 2019, the Global Fund announced its fundraising target for the next three-year cycle for 2020 – 2022. The Executive Summary of the Sixth Replenishment Investment Case describes how a minimum of US$14 billion will help save 16 million lives, cut the mortality rate from HIV, TB and malaria in half, and build stronger health systems by 2023. The Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment Conference will take place in Lyon (France) on 10 October 2019.
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Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) is one of two regions, along with Latin America and the Caribbean, where planning for the transition away from Global Fund support is most advanced. The following table shows components in the various categories of transition from Global Fund support
* In the first column, only components still active as recently as 2015 are listed.
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The session on “Connecting NGO and communities representatives from Eastern Europe and Central Asia with 3 Delegations to the Global Fund Board” was held in the The Global Fund Community Zone of the Global Village at the XXII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) on 25 July, 2018.