|"HIV/AIDS prevention and care among injecting drug users in Mažeikiai City and region"|
|Duration||01 September 2008 - 01 September 2009|
|Project goal and objectives||
The main goal of the project is to stop and reduce HIV/AIDS epidemic among injecting drug users, to expand the HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services, to establish sustainable pharmacotherapy cabinet in the premises of JSC "Mažeikių psichinės sveikatos centras".
Implementing the project a cabinet for provision of pharmacotherapy was established and adjusted in the premises JSC "Mažeikių psichinės sveikatos centras". The project was carried out and the services were provided by 11 centre specialists: director, accountant, 2 psychiatrists, 3 nurses, psychologist, psychotherapist and 2 social workers.
Pharmacotherapy patients were regularly, i.e. once a month, checked if they do not use other psychotropic substances. Pharmacotherapy clients and the one's who requested were tested for HIV, HBV and HCV. From 36 people tested, nine were HIV positive, four had HBV, six - HCV.
UAB "Mažeikių psichinės sveikatos centras" prepared 500 leaflets and 50 posters with the information on services provided for IDUs in UAB "Mažeikių psichinės sveikatos centras". All this information was disseminated in cooperation with partners: Mažeikiai Police, Youth and Women Occupation Centre, Mažeikiai Lodging House.
Mažeikiai region newspaper "Būdas žemaičių" published two articles "New service in Mažeikiai mental health centre" and "Your health is in your hands" prepared by JSC "Mažeikių psichinės sveikatos centras" psychiatrist R. Zakarauskienė, one article "Everything starts from the choice" prepared by social worker L. Baltutienė and an information article - "Help for drug users is continued".
|Compulsory project indicators||1. Number of regular clients in PT - 9;
2. Number of new clients in PT - 7;
3. Dropout rate (%) - 22;
4. Average maintenance dose of methadone - 50;
5. % of patients receiving recommended maintenance dose - 28;
6. Availability of psychosocial support - yes.