|"Increasing accessibility to harm reduction services for special target group"|
|Duration||01 October 2008 - 31 May 2009|
|Project goal and objectives||
The main goal of the project is to reduce the drug use and the negative impact of injecting drug use (including criminality, spread of infections, etc.) for individuals, their families and community, trying to attract drug users and their partners to institutions providing health and social services, aiming to reduce drug overdose or other drug related mortality, to motivate service receivers for treatment and to integrate them into society.
Implementing the project harm reduction services were provided in the mobile clinic (adjusted minibus) near Vilnius Roma Community once a week and in Visaginas City every second week. Activities for the inmates took place every week in Marijampolė Correction House. Going to Vilnius and Visaginas personnel group was composed of one nurse, one social worker, 4 consultants / street workers (former drug users among them), 2-4 volunteers (former drug users). Going to Marijampolė Correction House personnel group was composed of one social worker, 2 consultants (former convicts), 1-2 volunteers (former convicts).
The following harm reduction services were provided near Vilnius Roma Community and in Visaginas City: needle and syringe exchange, distribution of disinfectants, condoms, bandages, health education and teaching, information provision, consultations, transportation services, mediation and representation, provision of tee, coffee and biscuits during consultations, health education workshops, etc.
Drug using individuals were referred to fixed harm reduction service sites, motivated for treatment and taken to detoxication and rehabilitation centres.
The following services were provided in Marijampolė Correction House: health teaching and education, information provision, consultations, mediation and representation, workshops and lectures for inmates.