|"HIV/AIDS prevention among injecting drug users"|
|Duration||01 September 2008 - 31 December 2009|
|Project goal and objectives||
The main goal of the project is HIV prevention among injecting drug users in Šiauliai City providing pharmacotherapy.
Implementing the project pharmacotherapy cabinet was opened in Šiauliai Personal Health Care Centre Mental Health Centre. Since the opening of the cabinet the services were provided for 25 patients, at the end of the project for 17 persons. Three of them approached treatment centre for the first time.
The following activities were implemented with the help of the project: established pharmacotherapy with methadone cabinet and equipped cabinets for the staff, purchased equipment and commodities for the low threshold service provision, motivated staff working directly with IDUs and project administrators.
Low threshold services were provided in Šiauliai Personal Health Care Centre also. IDUs and there family members were informed, consulted and motivated to start the treatment. During the project implementation Mental Health Care Centre staff participated in the trainings. Purchased new equipment and furniture assured better working conditions for the staff as well as more qualitative services for the IDUs.
Project conditioned better and broader medical and psychosocial services for IDUs in Mental Health Care Centre. IDUs have an opportunity to reintegrate into society, with the help of the provided psychosocial services they can receive not only pharmacotherapy treatment, but also other medical services, and therefore their social disjuncture is reducing. Patients are assisted receiving needed documents, intermediated in different institutions, consultations are provided for their family members.
Only one patient out of 25 who were tested for HIV, HBV and HCV was not infected with any of the indicated viruses, all the others are carrying the viruses. All the control drug tests for the patients in pharmacotherapy treatment were negative.
Project helped to increase tolerance towards IDUs among Mental Health Care Centre staff as well as among Šiauliai Personal Health Care Centre employees. Establishment of pharmacotherapy with methadone cabinet in treatment centre did not create any problems neither for the staff, nor for the other patients.
Main project indicators:
|Compulsory project indicators||1. Number of regular clients in PT - 25;
2. Number of new clients in PT - 25;
3. Dropout rate (%) - 32;
4. Average maintenance dose of methadone - 61,2 ml.;
5. % of patients receiving recommended maintenance dose - 68;
6. Availability of psychosocial support - taip.