The Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) is a regional network with a mission to promote humane,evidence-based harm reduction approaches to drug use, with the aim of improving health and protecting human rights at the individual, community, and societal level. Specifically during 2010 – 2014, EHRN seeks to help implement non-discriminating policies for drug users and other vulnerable people in the EHRN territory, and to improve and expand the use of evidence-based interventions and services that targeted them. The geographcial focus of the Network includes Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA), which consists of 6 sub-regions: the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), Central Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary,Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia), South-Eastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia), European Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine), Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan). The Communities Delegation and EHRN formally signed the Memorandum of Understanding in Vilnius, Lithuania on 26th January 2012. The MoU was signed between Mr. Shaun Mellors (Board Member 2012, Communities Delegation), and Mr. Serge Votyagov (Executive Director, EHRN). The MoU focuses on the following key areas of collaboration:

  • Promoting the protection of the rights and interests of People who Use Drugs (PUD) within policies, procedures and programmes of the Global Fund;
  • Strengthening the actions undertaken by the Global Fund to support the high-quality evidence-based reduction approaches and interventions including those listed in the comprehensive package for the prevention, treatment, and care services of HIV among people who inject drugs as defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS); and
  • Advocating for the development and introduction by the Global Fund of the Most-At-Risk-Populations (MARPs) Strategy, which will address the needs and vulnerabilities of those most-at-risk to HIV, TB and malaria populations, to also include PUD.

The workplan for 2013 focuses on the following activities:

  • Communication & Information Sharing
  • Joint activities on Global Fund Resource Mobilisation
  • Joint Workshop at the 30th Global Fund Board Meeting on key issues of the EECA region
  • EHRN as an early applicant of the New Funding Model
  • Support and capacity-building of EECA advocates to join the Communities Delegation
  • Involvement in key activities of each other
  • Elimination of 55% rule