Project information

Project title

"Harm reduction programme for injecting drug users (IDUs) in Kaunas Social Service Centre's Social Disease (Low threshold) cabinet"
Duration 10 May 2011 - 15 August 2011
Project goal and objectives

To reduce injecting drug users (IDUs) risky behaviour.

Project objectives:

  1. To improve the quality of services provided in Kaunas Social Service Centre's Social Disease (Low threshold) cabinet;
  2. To motivate IDUs to use accessible health and social services, to provide harm reduction services and secondary exchange in known drug use scenes;
  3. To assess and publicise project.
Results

The following activities were implemented during the project implementation:

1. Provided social worker services, in total - 1131, from those:

  • Information -15.
  • Counselling - 261.
  • Motivation - 18.
  • Mediation, referrals - 17.
  • Total number of contacts with IDUs in cabinet - 820.
  • Total number of IDUs in cabinet - 112.
  • New IDUs in cabinet - 30.

 

Provided nurse services:

  • Visits - 535.
  • Clients - 219.
  • Wound dressing, disinfection - 295.
  • Blood takes - 122.
  • Pre-test HIV counselling - 122.
  • Distribution of medical commodities - 118.

 

Also mobile social worker services were provided in 8 IDUs gathering places, 96 IDUs were reached and most probably they all are new clients. All there informed and consulted, received leaflets with information on HIV, viral hepatitis, safer use, free of charge and anonymous HIV testing using rapid tests in Kaunas social disease cabinet, as well as about the other services provided in the centre.

Implementing the project commodities for service provision were procured and information on the project was announced on Kaunas City Social Service Centre website www.kaunospc.lt and Kaunas City Municipality website www.kaunas.lt.

  • Number of regular clients: 88 (in cabinet), 96 (in gathering places).
  • Number of new clients per last month- 30.
  • Number of distributed syringes per month - 5346.
  • Number of distributed syringes per person per month - 25,7.
  • Number of performed HIV tests - 122.
  • Number of positive HIV tests - 1.
  • Number of outreach workers - 1.
  • Number of persons in secondary exchange - 8.

UNODC budget

20,400.00 LTL

 

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