|"Harm reduction and medical service accessibility and quality improvement among IDUs in Vilnius City"|
|Duration||10 May 2011 - 15 August 2011|
|Project goal and objectives||
To improve harm reduction and medical service among IDUs accessibility and quality in Vilnius City.
Aiming to fully adjust organization premises for the services provided to the IDUs, renovation of the premises at Kauno str. 6-1 in Vilnius took place. Renovated cabinet will increase attractiveness of the provided services therefore more clients IDUs are expected. A "window" for needle and syringe exchange was installed. Improving provided medical services, additional medical equipment was purchased. Now IDUs can more easily and anonymously receive sterile needles and syringes, condoms and other needed commodities, as well as to receive medical and social services.
Outreach work was performed during the project implementation. Formed outreach work team which constituted a social worker, medical worker, psychologist and consultant. Outreach workers attended targeted group gathering places and provided there information, taught and educated in infection, drug dependence, STI, TBC, hepatitis and other related questions. Outreach workers provided consultations, psychological and medical supports, IDUs were referred to treatment facilities, social support centres, HIV testing, etc. Not only informational but also instrumental (assistance in solving problems), material (syringes, condoms, etc.) and psychological support and assistance was provided to IDUs. As well secondary exchange took place.
The following services were also provided during the project implementation: