Project information

Project title

"HIV/AIDS prevention and care among injecting drug users in Šilutė"
Duration 01 September 2008 - 31 August 2009
Project goal and objectives

Main goal of the project - HIV/AIDS prevention and care among injecting drug users in Šilutė.

Project objectives:

  • To renovate and adjust UAB "Šilutės psichikos sveikatos ir psichoterapijos centras" premises for pharmacotherapy provision.
  • To purchase the commodities needed for service provision.
  • To provide pharmacotherapy for IDUs and to test patients for HIV, HBV ir HCV.
  • To provide psychosocial rehabilitation, work rehabilitation and psychotherapy for IDUs.
  • To stimulate the establishment of self-help groups and to involve the relatives into the group activities.
  • To spread information in media and on centre's internet website.

Implementing the project the room for pharmacotherapy was adjusted in the premises of JSC "Šilutės psichikos sveikatos ir psichoterapijos centras". Commodities needed for work with IDUs and for project implementation were purchased. Organization bought and used HIV, HBV and HCV tests which resulted in 4 positive HIV, 2 - HBV and 10 - HCV tests.

During the project time mental health centre team: psychiatrist, nurses, psychologist and social workers provided medical and consulting services for IDUs. Psychiatrists consulted and assigned treatment, nurses provided medicaments according to doctor's prescriptions and were responsible for documentation, social workers consulted patients individually as well as their family members. Doctor psychotherapist provided individual psychotherapy consultations.

Information leaflets for society and specialists (Šilutė Region Correction Inspection, social service providers) were prepared and disseminated. Information about the project was published in local newspaper and posted on centre's website.

Main indicators:

  • Number of regular clients in FT - 15;
  • Number of patients testes for HIV, HBV and HCV - 32;
  • Number of HIV, HBV and HCV tests - 50;
  • Number of distributed condoms - 212;
  • Number of prepared and disseminated leaflets for specialists - 3000;
  • Number of prepared and disseminated leaflets for society - 3000;
  • Number of trainings which were attended by centre personnel - 4.
Compulsory project indicators 1. Number of regular clients in PT - 15;
2. Number of new clients in PT - 15;
3. Dropout rate (%) - 20;
4. Average maintenance dose of methadone - 41.6;
5. % of patients receiving recommended maintenance dose - 18;
6. Availability of psychosocial support - yes.

UNODC budget

57,500.00 LTL