Robert Carr Network Fund announcing the Funding Decision for the period 2019-2021

We are happy to announce that RCNF acknowledged the achievements of the Eurasian Regional Consortium in the HIV response in the EECA region and provided USD 1,760,000 to continue the Consortium advocacy and capacity building activities in respond to funding insecurity for HIV services for key populations in EECA for the next three years.

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Lithuania rings a bell – “Reform of the Psychoactive Substances: Support, don’t Punish” Conference has started in Vilnius

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.

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Time to Act! The 4th European Harm Reduction Conference

November 21, 2018

11.45 – 12.30

Panel discussion: Harm Reduction future: sustainability and impact

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

“Chase the Virus, not People!”

Ganna Dovbakh, EHRA

November 22, 2018

11.00 – 12.30

Parallel session 12*: Transition and sustainable funding of harm reduction (OSF), part 1

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.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the harm reduction financing changes and donor transition related processes taking place in SEE countries
  • Better understand key facilitators and factors that lead to their programmatic and financial sustainability
  • Learn from the experience of civil society and community representatives advocating for sustainability of HIV prevention services among key affected populations in their countries.

14.00 – 15.30

Parallel session 17*: How to leverage EU membership and accession for increasing sustainability and quality of harm reduction services at country level (OSI part 2).

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
Participants will:

  • Learn more about the political, technical, funding opportunities and instruments available for NGO in EU member and accession countries which could help to improve the sustainability of HR services they provide
  • Get an opportunity to discuss their situations, share their concerns and learn from each other’s experiences of advocating for the increase of the governmental funding for HR services

November 23, 2018

09.00 – 10.30

Parallel Session 26: Drug policy trends: alternative to coercive sanctions

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.

Participants will:

  • Increase their understanding of the perspective of young people on the international and national drug policies;
  • Learn about the current state of advocacy for decriminalization, legalization and alternatives to coercive sanctions (ACS) in Europe;
  • Learn about pilot diversion from arrest programs in EU and barriers to their integration;
  • Share perspectives of EU best practices in drug policy that could be promoted outside of the EU.

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

Parallel session 29 : Gendered consequences of repressive drug policies

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.

Participants will:

  • Learn about recent studies of human rights violations of women who use drugs and the process of submitting complaints to UN bodies
  • Increase their knowledge of intersectional feminism and the inclusion of the community of women who use drugs in the global feminist movement
  • Learn about gender differences in substance use and the prevalence of HIV and HCV, and gender-sensitive services including services for women who use drugs who suffered from violence
  • Discuss how to protect and minimize risks among activists and human rights defenders

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

 

Budget Advocacy. A guide for community activists

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.

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Results of the EHRA’s General Meeting and Regional Meetings to elect new Steering Committee members

During the September 17 to 30, 2018 Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) conducted online General (among community of people who use drugs) and Regional Meetings (in Central Europe, Central Asia, Moldova-Ukraine-Belarus, Caucasus) of its members. Quorum for the Regional meeting to elect new Steering Committee members needed no less than one third of the members from the particular region. In the General meeting, the decision is made by a simple majority of votes of the members of the Association participating in the elections of the representative of community of people who use drugs.

GENERAL MEETING to elect 2 Steering Committee members from the community of people who use drugs

According to the Statute of EHRA, the decision is made by a simple majority of votes of the members of the Association participating in the elections of the representative of community of people who use drugs. During these elections, 63 individual and organizational members’ votes are considered eligible for voting in the online General meeting. 8 votes were not counted as valid, because they didn’t have a right to vote in the EHRA online General meeting (not official individual or organizational members of EHRA, not official representatives of the organizations or submit their vote after the deadline).

The results of voting:

Vitalii Rabinciuc – 44 votes (69,84% of all valid votes)

Alexander Levin – 54 votes (85,71% of all valid votes)

Vitalii Rabinciuc and Alexander Levin are elected for 3 years term as EHRA Steering Committee members to represent community of people who use drugs.

REGIONAL MEETINGS to elect Steering Committee members in the Central Europe, Moldova-Ukraine-Belarus, Caucasus and Central Asia regions

CENTRAL EUROPE. In total the region has 15 official EHRA members, who were eligible to vote. From those 15 members – 7 participated in the meeting and cast the vote for their candidate, which means, that quorum was met, because 46,67% of members from the region participated in the elections of the SC member. 2 votes were counted as not eligible.

The results of voting:

Dominika Jasekova – 6 votes (85,71% of all valid votes)

Jan Stola – 1 vote (14,29% of all valid votes)

Dominika Jasekova is elected for 3 years term as EHRA Steering Committee member to represent Central Europe region.

CENTRAL ASIA. In total the region has 49 official EHRA members, who were eligible to vote. From those 59 members – 27 participated in the meeting and cast the vote for their candidate, which means, that quorum was met, because 55,10% of members from the region participated in the elections of the SC member. 7 votes were counted as not eligible.

The results of voting:

Aibar Sultangaziev – 18 votes (66,66% of all valid votes)

Maram Azizmamadov – 7 votes (25,93% of all valid votes)

Mirzosharif Odinaev – 2 votes (7,41% of all valid votes)

 

Aibar Sultangaziev is elected for 3 years term as EHRA Steering Committee member to represent Central Asia region.

MOLDOVA-UKRAINE-BELARUS. In total the region has 67 official EHRA members, who were eligible to vote. From those 67 members – 34 participated in the meeting and cast the vote for their candidate, which means, that quorum was met, because 50,75% of members from the region participated in the elections of the SC member. 1 vote was counted as not eligible.

The results of voting:

Casting the vote for Ala Iatco in the elections of the Steering Committee member to represent region Ukraine-Moldova-Belarus:

YES – 27 votes (79,41% of all valid votes)

NO – 7 votes (20,59% of all valid votes)

 

Ala Iatco is elected for 3 years term as EHRA Steering Committee member to represent Moldova-Ukraine-Belarus.

CAUCASUS. In total the region has 27 official EHRA members, who were eligible to vote. From those 27 members – 15 participated in the meeting and cast the vote for their candidate, which means, that quorum was met, because 55,56% of members from the region participated in the elections of the SC member. 2 votes were counted as not eligible.

The results of voting:

Mari Chokheli – 8 votes (53,33% of all valid votes)

Irma Kirtadze – 7 votes (46,67% of all valid votes)

 

Mari Chokheli is elected for 3 years term as EHRA Steering Committee member to represent Caucasus region.

EXTENDED: WEB developer is needed for a long-term contract

EHRA is looking for a specialist to provide long-term maintenance and support for both harmreductioneurasia.org  and eecaplatform.org websites. Application deadline is extended till October 8, 2018. Please see the detailed Terms of Reference to familiarize yourself with the tasks, requirements and conditions. Applications can be submitted by contacting Irena Zubkova at irena@harmreductioneurasia.org

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WEB developer is needed for a long-term contract

EHRA is looking for a specialist to provide long-term maintenance and support for both harmreductioneurasia.org  and eecaplatform.org websites. Application deadline is October 1, 2018. Please see the detailed Terms of Reference to familiarize yourself with the tasks, requirements and conditions. Applications can be submitted by contacting Irena Zubkova at irena@harmreductioneurasia.org

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General and Regional meetings of EHRA members to elect Steering Committee members

On 17-30 of September, 2018 EHRA conducts online Regional Meetings of its members to elect new Steering Committee representatives in the following regions:

  • Central Europe (Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia);
  • Ukraine-Moldova-Belarus;
  • Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia);
  • Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan).

At the same time, General meeting of EHRA members to elect Steering Committee representatives from the community of people who use drugs will be conducted.

All members (individual and organizational), who are from the above-mentioned regions (in case of Regional meeting) and also who are identifying themselves as members of the community of people who use drugs (in case of General meeting) have a right to vote in the General and Regional meetings.

If you have any questions, please contact General Secretary of the General and Regional meetings – Irena Zubkova at members@harmreductioneurasia.org

Central Europe

Dominika Jašeková

Slovakia

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Jan Stola

Poland

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Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus

Ala Iatco

Moldova

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Caucasus

Marina Chokheli

Georgia

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Irma Kirtadze

Georgia

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Central Asia


Maram Azizmamadov

Tajikistan

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Aibar Sultangaziev

Kyrgyzstan

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Mirzosharif Odinaev

Tajikistan

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PWUD
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Alexander Levin

Russia

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Vitalii Rabinciuc

Moldova

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