|"Expanding harm reduction services and increasing the accessibility in the community in Kėdainiai region"|
|Duration||15 March 2011 - 15 June 2011|
|Project goal and objectives||
To improve accessibility of harm reduction services in Kėdainiai region and improve acceptability of those services in the community.
During the first phase of project implementation the main focus was on one strategic area - to activate provision of low-threshold services in the region: needled and syringe exchange, distribution of disinfectants and condoms, health education, counselling, HIV and other infectious disease counselling, pre and post HIV test counselling. As it was planned project personnel focused more on expansion of mobile outreach services in the gathering and/or living places of target group, aiming to make as much new contacts with.
Aiming to activate needle and syringe exchange, distribution of disinfectants and prevention commodities through the outreach workers an in higher risk areas:
Aiming to provide low-threshold services for the individuals in Kėdainiai Police arrest house, social worker met with the responsible Police office and discussed further successful dialog aspects: how to organize HIV and other test performing for the individuals in the arrest houses, and pharmacotherapy provision for individuals upon request. During the organized campaign rapid HIV tests were performed for 6 arrestees and 2 police officers. No positive HIV cases were detected.
Aiming to implement harm reduction advocacy measures, meetings with representatives from law enforcement institutions and municipalities were organized, in total 30 individuals participated. Meetings were attended by Kėdainiai region Municipality board members, HIV prevention, social work specialists and doctors who discussed on quality and effectiveness of low-threshold cabinets, results and discussed arising problems.