Regional AIDS seminar "Universal access to HIV prevention and care by 2010: can we achieve it in the Baltic States?"




29 January 2009

09.30 - 10.00

Registration, coffee


10.00 - 10.20


Rinalds Muciņš, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Health

Cornelis Groeneveld, Counsellor/Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands


10.20 - 12.00

Main achievements of UNODC project in 2007 - 2008 - Signe Rotberga, UNODC Project Ofice for the Baltic States

Panel discussion: Current challenges and role of UNODC support for national response to HIV. Participants:

Merilin Maesalu, Ministry of Social Affairs, Estonia

Rinalds Muciņš, Ministry of Health, Latvia

Rima Vaitkienė, Ministry of Health, Lithuania


12.00 - 12:30

Coffee break


12:30 - 14:00

3 parallel sessions:

I. Improvement of HIV prevention and care in prisons (English - Russian)

Session Chair: Signe Rotberga, UNODC


Kristīne Ķipēna, Ministry of Justice, Latvia

Birutė Semėnaitė, Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice, Lithuania

Maret Miljan, Ministry of Justice, Estonia

II. Access to pharmacotherapy of opioid dependence (in English)

Session Chair: Inga Liepiņa, Ministry of Health, Latvia


Emilis Subata, Vilnius Centre for Addictive Disorders, Lithuania

Ave Talu, National Institute for Health Development, Estonia

Astrīda Stirna, Riga Centre of Psychiatry and Addiction Disorders, Latvia


III. Access to needle and syringe programmes in communities (in Russian)

Session Chair: Saulius Čaplinskas, Lithuanian AIDS Centre


Aljona Kurbatova, National Institute for Health Development, Estonia

Rimantas Šagždavičius, Drug Control Department, Lithuania

Inga Upmace, Public Health Agency, Latvia


14.00 - 15.00



15.00 - 16.30

Main findings and recommendations of mid-term evaluation of UNODC project - Roger Drew, Health and Development Consultant, UK

Discussion in groups:

Prisons and other custodial settings (English - Russian translation)

Sustainability of project activities (in Russian)

Monitoring and evaluation (in English)


16.30 - 17:00

Coffee break


17.00 - 18.00

Presentation and discussion of group work


From 19.00




30 January 2009


09:00 - 11:00

Feedback from the sessions of Day 1


Prevalence of HIV and other infections and risk behaviour among injecting drug users in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia - Anda Karnīte, Public Health Agency, Latvia


Availability of syringes in pharmacies - Loreta Stonienė, Lithuanian AIDS Centre


11.00 - 11.30

Coffee break


11.30 - 13.00

Rapid assessment and response on drug use in Valmiera Prison - Leonora Bebere, Iļģuciems Prison, Latvia

Rapid assessment and response on drug use in Marijampole Correction House - Gintaras Kėžys, Marijampolė Correction House, Lithuania

Training needs on harm reduction for law enforcement professionals - Iveta Ķelle, Papardes Zieds, Latvia


13.00 - 14.00



14.00 - 16.00

Priorities for UNODC project in 2009 - 2010

Country work groups


16.00 - 16.30

Coffee break


16.30 - 17.30

Presentations from work groups


17.30 - 18.00

Wrap up and closure of the seminar


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