|"Harm reduction programme in Kaunas City Social Service Centre's Social Disease (Low-threshold service) cabinet"|
|Duration||01 November 2008 - 31 October 2009|
|Project goal and objectives||
Main goal of the project is to reduce the risky behaviour of individuals using injecting drugs.
During the project implementation additionally to the provided low-threshold services through the active drug users who participate in harm reduction programme, the centre was looking for the clients who could do secondary exchange. 9 clients were motivated for this activity, but later 3 of them stopped their work in the project. Harm reduction programme clients were providing sterile injecting equipment for those drug users who avoid any contacts with the staff of the social disease (low-threshold service) cabinet. During the project implementation contacts were established with 11 "points", but due to the project participants who terminated their activities 5 of them became inaccessible. Through the secondary exchange 91 IDUs were reached in the streets and 195 IDUs in the "points". Even 98% of the injecting drug users reached in the streets became the participants of the social disease (low-threshold service) cabinet NSP programme.
During the project period 209 IDUs were registered in the social disease (low-threshold service) cabinet NSP programme, 162 of them are new. 172 of them are regular clients, i.e. they visit cabinet more than 2 times a month. The average number of IDUs reached though secondary exchange including the "points" - 23.
During the project period social services in social disease (low-threshold service) cabinet were provided 4623 times (information - 94, consultations - 559, health education - 275, intermediation and referring - 194, needle and syringe exchange service - 3501 times).
Due to the expansion of the harm reduction services in Kaunas City the demand for the infectious diseases (HIV, HBV, HCV) testing had increased. 234 combined HIV, HBV, HCV tests were done for 207 individuals during the project. Received positive results: HIV - 12, HBV - 6, HCV - 112. From those new cases are: HIV - 7, HBV - 6, HCV - 54. All the rest could be considered as new cases as well, because the clients had never been treated.
General practitioners had provided 2784 services (blood sampling, wound cleaning, dressing and other) for 681 clients.