In 2014, 51% of new HIV infections in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) were among people who use drugs (PWUD).
The need for affordable sterile equipment and condoms is clear. What is also important is – a favourable environment to ensure that those in need have access to prevention and treatment services. An EHRN project implemented with the Eurasian Network of People who Use Drugs (ENPUD) and other partners aims at ensuring this through practical activities, which involve community representatives. Its overall goal is to lower the HIV transmission among people who use drugs by promoting harm reduction, human rights and supportive policy environments.
The project covers eight EHRN members’ countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and Russia. The project complements the existing Street Lawyers program in some of the countries.
This video showcases the outreach work of "street lawyers", who provide legal advice to people who use drugs to protect against, and document, human rights violations in Eurasia. English subtitles available.
The three-year project is financed by the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund.
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