The Drug Policy Network South East Europe and its member organisations from Serbia (Prevent, TOC, Duga, Re Generacija) and Montenegro (Juventas, Cazas) implement the “Emergency support for the provision of HIV and Harm Reduction services among key populations in Ukraine and refugees in selected neighbouring countries” project with the support from the UNODC Regional Programme Office for Eastern Europe.
Primary objectives of the project are:
- Ensuring the continuity of the HIV prevention, treatment and care (including OAT and ARV) services for people who use drugs/living with HIV
- Community-based care and support for people who use drugs, people living with HIV, people in prisons
- Provision of essential requirements, including food and medicines and shelters, in coordination with the penitentiary service/local CSOs
Our organisations will implement the following activities:
- Provide access to information about health services and drugs and ensure clear, reliable and trustworthy health information reaches refugees
- Support in accessing health care in host country
- Rapid provision/purchasing of basic products for existing key populations/refugee shelters/centers
- Provision of HIV harm reduction services for key populations (including refugees)
- HIV and harm reduction services for people who use drugs, including new psychoactive substances
- Mobilising civil society, service providers, policymakers and other national stakeholders from the Western Balkan region to ensure wide and all-involving drug strategy development process
- Increased awareness and understanding regarding comprehensive gender-sensitive HIV services for women who use drugs (WUD) among health care managers, service providers and decision-makers
This project will be conducted in UNODC partnership with the local CSOs and aims to strengthen the capacity of CSOs to address HIV prevention, treatment, care and support among people who use drugs (including those who use NPS/stimulants) internally displaced populations, refugees and prison populations.
Project findings will inform the development and implementation of evidence-based, gender-responsive and sustainable HIV and harm reduction services for people who used drugs/people in and released from prisons, and IDPs/refugees in Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia and Montenegro.
- Serbia extended temporary protection for refugees from Ukraine for an additional year. Read more>>>.
- Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) presented its annual report Right to Asylum in the Republic of Serbia 2022. Read more>>>.
- UNODC representatives visited the Duga Checkpoint centre in Belgrade and met with community-led organizations working on HIV and harm reduction services for key populations. Read more>>>.
- The Regional round table focused on community-led consultative process on the importance of human rights and evidence-based national drug strategies in HIV response was held on 21 Feburary 2023 in Belgrade, Serbia. Read more>>>.
- NGO ReGeneracija held the training “Piloting web outreach services for working with people who use drugs and are at risk of HIV/AIDS, with a special focus on new psychoactive substances, stimulants and recreational drug use”. Read more>>>.
- Our member organisation Re Generation provides web outreach services to displaced Ukrainian and Russian citizens in the form of peer consultations and counseling on the topics of harm reduction. Read more>>>.
- Our member organisation Re Generation will implement the research study “The needs assessment among Ukrainian refugees and Russian migrants in the Republic of Serbia on access to services and new psychoactive substances/stimulant use“. Read more>>>.
- Partners in the project held a coordination meeting with the representative of the UNODC Regional Programme Office for Eastern Europe. Read more>>>.
- Launching the project in Serbia. Read more>>>.
- Project partners meeting. Read more>>>.
- Meeting with the UN agencies. Read more>>>.
- A project for refugee key populations from Ukraine. Read more>>>.
- A visit to UNODC Office in Belgrade. Read more>>>.