This project is carried out with the support of the Dutch organization AFEW International
and aims to build capacity of the civil society organizations in the EECA region and maintain and secure the progress we made in the last decades on health and rights for people who use drugs and other marginalized groups. This project aims to keep communities and organizations strong, to support them in their highly demanding context and build on what is going right by:
1. Developing and exchange best practices on grass root human rights interventions for PWUD in EECA through convening where at least six delegates from different countries come together to exchange and learn. Apart from the best practices exchange the convening will provide a platform for NGO's to find pragmatic ways of working in closing societies and identifying promising strategies for funding harm reduction and human rights interventions in closed spaces.
2. Supporting and strengthening NGOs in the EECA region that deliver grassroots human rights and (para) legal interventions for PWUD in closing spaces by provision of technical assistance and networking. Migrants Health
This project is carried out within the Bridging the Gaps
program supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the scope of the regional work of Bridging the Gaps labor migrants who are using drugs have been identified as a group that is very hard to reach with health messages and interventions. They are also denied access to health care by authorities and often criminalized. These groups have proven to be overly vulnerable for HIV, viral Hepatitis and TB in their countries of origin. The combination of
vulnerability and denial can cause an explosive situation. In the regional approach, we want to raise attention for these groups and see if we can pilot interventions in the region that can reach them. The first step is to know more about key populations that go on labor migration, with an emphasis on people who use drugs. In 2017 Skosh will participate in the assessment that includes a survey with 1500 PWUD in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, asking about knowledge on HIV, drug use, access to services etc. and 15 in-depth interviews carried out in Saint Petersburg (Russia) and Moscow (Russia)
and in Almaty (Kazakhstan).