What’s new in 2019?

In 2019, we began to build new partnerships and look for new advocacy allies. Our participation in the 13th annual conference of the International Society for Research in Drug Policy and the Lisbon Addiction Conference gave us the opportunity to rethink the use of scientific evidence and build cooperation with researchers.

While inspiring key populations to monitor community satisfaction with services, we saw that the most productive approach to collecting advocacy data on service quality is community leadership in partnership with professional researchers.

Feminist movements have become our new allies in the fight for humane drug policy. On March 8, 2019, as a result of a productive meeting of activists, the Barcelona Declaration, supported by 119 organizations from around the world, declared: “The war on drugs is a war against women who use drugs!”

The painful public discussions caused by voices and open opinions of women who use drugs during the 16 days campaign against gender-based violence showed how much more needs to be done to support activists and overcome stigma.

Human rights defenders have become our permanent partners in 2019 in the preparation of shadow reports on violations of the rights of people who use drugs in Estonia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

Harm reduction 2.0 is about developing support approaches for young people who use new psychoactive substances, and about introducing innovations.

We completed 2 joint research with the Swansea University School of Law on the use of #new psychoactive substances in Moldova and Belarus, in 2020 we will conduct research in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, and Georgia. The results are largely shocking and require urgent decriminalization of consumption, changes in approaches to harm reduction, and cooperation with the psychiatric service.

Drug checking, safe consumption rooms, harm reduction at music festivals, the involvement of peer consultants – these are world-famous services for a long time, but for the CEECA region, they still sound like innovations. How we can make them the usual reality for us, we figured out at the end of the year.

Most of the 2019 ideas are reflected in the new EHRA strategy for 2020-2024, developed by the EHRA Steering Committee. It prioritizes support for broad civic movements for non-repressive drug policies and ensuring quality of harm reduction services that meet the needs of key populations.

During 2019, 31 new organizations and activists joined EHRA. We are very happy that you are with us!

In 2019 EHRA started the implementation of nine new regional projects. For the first time, we began to work with the UNAIDS Technical Support Mechanism, with APDESH, a public organization from Portugal, in the regional consortium, and with the Swansea University School of Law to conduct research.

Greate news came 29th of December 2019, our friend and colleague, activist Andery Yarovoy finally after 16 month of imprisonment for carrying his legal OST treatment in so-called Luhansk republic is exchanged with Ukraine and could meet Holidays at home.

We can’t miss the loss and new challenges. We grieve for the soul of Alyona Asaeva, who remained in the warm Porto. New legislative initiatives that tighten working conditions for activists and harm reduction organizations in the Russian Federation will require our strength and unity.

Good luck and mutual support to all of us in the New 2020!

EXTENDED: TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR TECHNICAL CONSULTANT TO SUPPORT FIELD DATA COLLECTION ON NPS IN KAZAKHSTAN, KYRGYZSTAN AND SERBIA

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) is a non-for-profit public membership-based organisation, registered by the initiative of harm reduction activists and organisations from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) in 2017.

More information about the Association and specifics of the work you can find on our website http://harmreductioneurasia.org

This research project is a collaboration between EHRA and the the School of Law, Swansea University, UK.

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Extended: Terms of reference Consultants\Organizations to conduct the assessment of the sustainability of opioid agonist therapy in the context of donor transition in Republics of Belarus, Moldova and Tajikistan

In 2019 the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) has developed the approach and tools for countries to assess the sustainability of opioid agonist therapy (OAT) programs within the context of transitioning out of Global Fund, and other donor, support. This assessment covers the current situation, progress achieved, risks, and opportunities for sustainability with a focus on programmatic aspects of OAT.

EHRA is looking for the national level consultants\organizations to conduct the assessment of the sustainability of OAT programs using the EHRA developed assessment framework and methodology in Belarus, Moldova and Tajikistan. Assessment will be conducted in each country separately; one consultancy contract will be signed for assessment in each country.

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Effective EHRA is critical to the joint struggle for rights and services for people who use drugs in the CEECA region: The Annual Meeting of the Steering Committee and the Advisory Board of the EHRA held in Tbilisi

In circumstances, when the states of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) fail to fulfill their commitments of transition to domestic funding, and, also, they toughen the repressiveness of drug policies, much depends on the effectiveness of regional advocacy.

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Aleksander Levin, Co-chair of the EHRA Steering Committee: “Public officials who define the drug policy wear cardboard crowns from the Burger King and think that they rule the world. In the old tale, just one phrase of a small boy about the emperor with no clothes was enough for everybody to wake up”.

EHRA presents a series of interviews with people whose names and roles in harm reduction are well known in the CEECA region and beyond. They will share the best that they have with us: their experience, ideas and memories.

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Letter to GF on the emergency with sustainability of harm reduction in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Romania

In advance of the upcoming 42nd meeting of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) as well as the Global Fund Regional Meeting for Eastern Europe and Central Asia to take place in Istanbul on 26-27 November, 2019, forty two (42) civil society and community organisations and networks working in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) region for the benefit of key affected populations, including people who use drugs expressed their profound concern as to the current lack of sustainable harm reduction services in the South East European countries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Romania, respectively. Taking into consideration the successful results of the recent Sixth Replenishment Conference, we would like to invite the Global Fund to safeguard a part of the catalytic investment funds available for the 2020-2022, including multi-country grants, matching funds and strategic initiatives, in order to sustain life-saving services for people who inject drugs and other vulnerable groups and to incentivise domestic investment in harm reduction in each of these post-transition countries.

Letter was initiated by  Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA), Correlation – European Harm Reduction Network and Drug Policy Network South-East Europe.

The letter was supported by 42 organisations.

Tender for a peer educator (consultant) in Lithuania, in “Peer2Peer” project

The Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) as part of the two years project “Peer2Peer: Reinforcing Peer’s Involvement in Outreach Work”, is looking for a Consultant named “Peer to peer educator”  to participate in the implementation of tasks of the project on the national level.

“Peer2Peer” aims to reinforce the capacity of outreach CSOs to reduce drug demand, by recovering and upscaling the European heritage on cooperation between peers and professionals, outreach workers, small-scale drug dealers and law enforcement. This project comprises internationally recognized research, social intervention and advocacy institutions from Europe, gathered to increase the project’s impact.

More information about “Peer2Peer” project you can find at  https://harmreductioneurasia.org/projects/peer2peer/

Terms of references for Peer educator (Consultant):

  1. To participate in the need’s assessment focus-group, to discuss the empirical applicability of data produced in the activities of the project;
  2. To participate in the European Advisory Group for best practices meetings;
  3. To implement pilot-interventions in Lithuania;
  4. Support in the organization of the training in Lithuania for the preparation of pilot-intervention;
  5. To work in the field, contributing to the improvement of services provided to people who use psychoactive substances (PUPS), so they become more accessible and tailored to PUPS needs – in order to reduce drug demand and the risks associated with psychoactive substances use;
  6. To participate in the monitoring and evaluation of implementation;
  7. Support in the organization of two face-to-face discussion forums in Lithuania (including policy-makers, decision-makers, law enforcement officials, healthcare professionals and academia experts);
  8. Support in the organization of national policy dialogue seminar in Lithuania. This seminar will provide the opportunity to present project results to relevant national stakeholders, to define national policies on cooperating practices regarding outreach work with PUPS (taking into account the evidence-based knowledge produced in WP2 and WP3), to discuss future national actions and to promote effective means of exchange between all stakeholders.
  9. To participate in the policy dialogue meeting, which will be held in the European Parliament (Brussels) at the end of the project.

Proposed timeline:

From 1st December, 2019 to 31st October, 2020

Requirements to Consultant:

The submitted applications will be evaluated by the selection committee of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association. The following criteria will be used to evaluate the bids (the maximum possible number of points is 100):

  • Relevant experience (in peer education/consultation) (40 points)
  • Knowledge and experience in the field of harm reduction and drug policy (40 points);
  • Knowledge of the Lithuanian and English languages (20 points);

Payment:

Payment for the work of the Consultant will be decided based on the results of the tendering process. The proposed work under this ToR will continue starting from 1st of December 2019 till 31 of October 2020 and will take up to 130 working day approximately.

Payment will be done on monthly basis based on provided detail timesheet and invoice.

EHRA will cover meals compensation, travel, accommodation expenses required to ensure the Consultant participation in a project related event abroad.

How to apply?

Applicants must submit their CV and Letter of Interest  in free form to eliza@harmreductioneurasia.org, the subject of the letter is “Peer educator”, the deadline for submission is before 24:00 EET on November 10, 2019. CVs and Letter of Interest  should clearly reflect the competencies of the candidate required to complete this task and should include filled daily rate form in EUR (EHRA’s template).

General terms

Interested Consultants should pay attention to the following conditions:

  • EHRA will sign a long-term contract with the Consultant for the period from 1st of December 2019 till 31 of October 2020. 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.
  • EHRA reserves the right to negotiate number of working days related to the each stage of work with the Consultant. Final number of working days can change during implementation by mutual agreement between EHRA and Consultant.
  • The Consultant undertakes to calculate and pay all and any taxes applicable under Lithuanian laws and regulations from the fee, if such tax payment obligation arises to him/her.

If you have any questions or need clarification regarding this ToR, please contact Eliza Kurcevič at eliza@harmreductioneurasia.org no later than November 8th, 2019.