Advocacy on drug use in Georgia: Public health and harm reduction arguments may produce better results
The Global Fund has written to the Government of Ukraine reminding it of its commitment to gradually take over the provision of methadone substitution therapy (MST) – also known as substitution maintenance therapy (SMT) or opioid substitution therapy (OST) – and reiterating that Ukraine could lose up to $27 million of its allocation for 2014-2016 if it does not comply. That amount is 15% of the total allocation.
Harm reduction in many countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is not sufficient, strategic, or sustainable. This is the central conclusion of an assessment conducted by the regional “Harm Reduction Works – Fund it!” program in six countries: Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, and Tajikistan. A report on the assessment was recently published.
Political changes in the Crimea region which took place from February 2014 – i.e., the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation – have significantly altered The Global Fund programs in the region.
At around 11:30 every morning, Chiku begins her work day. Carefully gathering her syringes and needles, she'll work steadily preparing doses for her clients -- all of whom wait inside her tin-roofed shack in the slum known as Nigeria: one of Nairobi, Kenya's toughest neighborhoods. The money she earns will be enough to pay her rent, and feed her own heroin habit.
The Global Fund is urging Ukraine's government to approve a resolution paving the way for emergency deliveries of critical medicines and other health commodities into the country's restive east, part of which is currently controlled by pro- Russian troops.