Project information

Project title

"HIV/AIDS prevention and care among injecting drug users in Kėdainiai region"
Duration 01 October 2007 - 30 September 2008
Project goal and objectives

The main goal of the project is to improve the prevention and care among injecting drug users (IDUs) in Kėdainiai district establishing and maintaining the pharmacotherapy cabinet.

Project objectives:

  • To organize HIV and other infectious disease prevention among drug users.
  • To improve somatic and mental state people dependent on opioids;
  • To improve their social adaptation and integration into society, to reduce stigma;
  • To provide opioid dependence treatment influencing risky behaviour, favourable to spread of HIV.

During the project implementation Kėdainiai Primary Health Care Centre had adjusted the premises and purchased needed equipment for the establishment and maintenance of the pharmacotherapy cabinet. Two psychiatrists, 4 nurses and a social worker were providing pharmacotherapy and consultations for the patients.

Rapid HIV tests were done for 11 people. Information about free testing was announced in local media. Additionally 3 articles about pharmacotherapy in Kėdainiai were published in two local newspapers and one television report was broadcasted on local Kėdainiai TV. Flyers on STI and prevention, HIV/AIDS, harm reduction services, etc. in total amount of 2000 were published and disseminated. Constant communication and information exchange with mental health centres, centres for addictive disorders and Lithuanian AIDS Centre took place.

The project leaders were trained by the experts from Vilnius Center for Addictive Disorders and Charity and Support Fund "Vilties Švyturys". They also participated in seminar organized by UNODC and Vilnius Center for Addictive Disorders.

Main indicators:

  • Number of regular clients in PT - 6;
  • Number of IDUs who received information on PT - 50;
  • Number of self - help groups established - 1;
  • Number of prepared and distributed information materials for the public - 2000;
  • Number of publications in local media - 3;
  • Number of trained specialists - 11;
  • Number of meetings with mental health centres, centres for addictive disorders, etc. - 4.

UNODC budget

60,000.00 LTL