Eurasia is located on a major trafficking route to Europe. Influenced by Russia, Eurasian governments continue to impose severe criminal sanctions on people who use drugs and dealers. This has led to repeated cases of violence and intimidation against people who use drugs, and a health crisis with an explosion of HIV infections among this vulnerable group.
The aim of the Spring and Autumn ETWs remain the same: to unite partner organisations throughout Europe for one week to increase access to testing and promote awareness on the benefits of earlier hepatitis and HIV testing.
Together, the three case studies underscore the importance of applying tailored methods to better reach and meet the needs of women who use drugs and of supporting women themselves to participate meaningfully in the programme design, implementation, and evaluation.
CIVICUS, Aidsfonds and Frontline AIDS discuss restrictions imposed on key populations and civil society in responding to the HIV epidemic, with case studies from Indonesia, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.