29 July 2012
The OST programs in Ukraine have to satisfy the needs of its patients
OST patient from Ukraine: “We, the OST patients are the best experts in how this program should work, the state must listen to us and take to consideration our needs”
Drug users in Russia: “Stop ingnoring us, stop violating our rights!”
The lies transmitted by the Russian government makes people die everyday and soon there will be nobody to provide treatment to in Russia….
27 July 2012
Boarding the plane, I met Alexey Kurmanaevsky, one of the few Russian activists who went public about his life as a person who uses drugs. Alexey appealed to the Russian Ministry of Health asking for opioid substitution treatment (OST). His request was rejected. Then he sued the Ministry for refusing to provide effective, evidence-based treatment [...]
27 July 2012
Interview with Eka: “Women IDUs in Georgia exist! And they have equal rights, just like any other women”
Georgian leader of women who use drugs is convinced women have to stand up and fight for their rights
Interview with Koka Labartkava: “Georgia has to change an approach to drug policy and ensure human rights for drug users”
Georgian repressive drug policy has proved its inefficiency. If there will be no Global Fund we are left without hope
23 July 2012
Video by: Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (Posted with permission)
People who use drugs are not able to attend the International AIDS Conference in Washington DC due to travel restrictions of the US. They gathered in Kiev and recorded video messages to IAS.
19 July 2012
Tomorrow I go to the US consulate to find out whether I got my US visa. If I’d lied on my visa application, I wouldn’t have to worry. But I said the truth, and now I’m worried I won’t get the visa. I admitted that I used drugs in the past. For the past 10 [...]
19 July 2012
Watch our interview with Dasha Ocheret, from the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network, Lithuania.
“Delegates of AIDS 2012 have to know how cancellation of 11 round of Global Fund funding affects life of a mother, a young person in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and what needs to be done fast to give these people hope.”
Kestutis Butkus: “We Need Treatment, Not Incarceration” Fighting for access to life-saving treatment in Lithuanian prisons
18 July 2012
This is the transcript of an interview with Lithuanian OST treatment activist, Kestutis Butkus. Tell us about yourself. My name is Kestutis Butkus. I live in Vilnius, Lithuania and I am a methadone patient. I started treatment in 1997, when the Opiate Substitution Therapy (OST) programs in Lithuania were still in their pilot stage. I [...]
17 July 2012
Watch Hanna Dovbakh, one of the co-organizers of the Kyiv AIDS Forum speak about the event’s major outcomes. Hanna is a member of the International AIDS Alliance in Ukraine.
17 July 2012
Watch harm reduction activist, Olena Kucheruk, speak about consequences of repressive drug policy and human rights violations among the populations at risk in Ukraine – issues that she wants to be raised at the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C.
Olena Kucheruk is the IHRD Program Officer at the International Renaissance Foundation in the Ukraine.
Viktoria Linstova: Opiate substitution treatment (OST) with dignity–Ukrainian patients call on their government to rethink restrictive OST policies
16 July 2012
I am 36 years old and, like millions of other women in Ukraine, I have a family—a husband and two daughters. I have my hobbies and a job that I love, a job that lets me fulfill my potential and be an active citizen. My hope is that my activism will help to advance the [...]