|Type:||NGO working on Drugs|
|Address:||Kapitana Ratnikova str 8a-1,
|UN Languages:||English, Russian|
Other:'Human Rights, Health'
||Svitanok Club is the first organisation in the Donetsk region created and managed by people living with HIV and people who use drugs. Club’s mission is to improve life’s quality of people living with HIV, including children, people who use drugs. Svitanok Club started as a self-help group of HIV-positive drug addicts, and later as a day-care facility for children living with and affected by HIV and has since provided psychological, social, and medical support to almost 200 children, including orphans, their parents and guardians. Svitanok lobbies for children’s rights and supports their needs, including treatment adherence, offering summer schools as well as seminars and workshops for their families. The Club’s work with people who inject drugs prisoners and sex workers includes HIV-prevention activities, medical services, self-help groups, needle-exchange programmes, peer-counselling, professional counselling and home-based care for people living with HIV. Their gender project in prisons provided opportunities for women inmates living with HIV, women who use drugs and sex workers by offering information on HIV prevention, treatment and care, medical assistance, reproductive health information and support of women’s involvement in responding to the epidemic. Svitanok has become a catalyst in the creation of other organisations assisting people living with HIV and in 2008-2009 alone served more than 1,500 people who use drugs and 1,000 prisoners.|