"HIV prevention among injecting drug users and in prison settings"




Thursday, 24 March 2011

09.00 - 10.00

Registration and coffee

10.00 - 10.30 Opening


Rinalds Muciņš, State Secretary of the Ministry of Health

H.E. Jurriaan Kraak, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

10.30 - 12.00

Results of UNODC project "HIV prevention and care among injecting drug users and in prison settings in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania"

Signe Rotberga, UNODC Regional Project Coordinator

Bertrand Redonnet, Evaluation Consultant


12.00 - 13.30


13.30 - 15.15

Harm reduction services for injecting drug users

Chairs: Inga Upmace, Latvian Infectology Centre and Dr. Loreta Stonienė, UNODC

Harm reduction in Klaipėda - why do we support it? - Rožė Perminienė, Klaipėda Municipality, Lithuania

Piloting peer-driven interventions in Latvia and Lithuania - Evija Dompalma, UNODC National Project Officer Latvia

Naloxone distribution to prevent heroine overdose death - Prof. John Strang, National Addiction Centre, UK


15.15 - 16.00

Coffee break

16.00 - 17.45

Pharmacotherapy of opioid dependence

Chairs: Dr. Astrīda Stirna, Association of Addiction Treatment Physicians, Latvia and Aleksandras Slatvickis, Klaipeda Mental Health Centre, Lithuania


Quality assurance of methadone maintenance therapy - Assoc. Prof. Emilis Subata, Vilnius Centre for Addictive Disorders, Lithuania

Multidisciplinary team for provision of methadone maintenance therapy in Liepaja - Dr. Jelena Sorokina, Liepājas methadone programme, Latvia

Integration of services for injecting drug users in Estonia - Aljona Kurbatova, National Institute for Health Development, Estonia

Integration of pharmacotherapy of opioid dependence into primary health care - Prof. Heino Stöver, Frankfurt University, Germany


Friday, 25 March 2011

09.00 - 11.00

HIV prevention in the criminal justice system

Chairs: Olga Zeile, Ministry of Justice, Latvia and Pille Teder, Ministry of Justice, Estonia


Continuity of methadone maintenance therapy in criminal justice system in Estonia - Leo Ehiloo, North Prefecture of Police and Border Guard Board , Vello Tanissaar, East Prefecture of Police and Border Guard Board, Kristel Kivimets, Harku prison, Estonia

Introduction of harm reduction education in the prisons of Latvia - Baiba Purvlīce, NGO "Papardes Zieds", Latvia

Medical ethics in prisons: rules, standards and challenges - Prof. Jörg Pont, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 - 13.00

HIV prevention in the criminal justice system

Chairs: Jānis Bekmanis, Ministry of Interior, Latvia and Ainvar Rahe, Police and Border Guard Board, Estonia

Referral to drug dependence treatment by Vilnius police - Antoni Mikulskis, Vilnius County Police Headquarters, Lithuania

Harm reduction services for injecting drug users: perspective of police - Thomas Zosel, Frankfurt Police Department, Germany

Trends in global drug policy: emphasis on evidence base and harm reduction - Franz Trautmann, Trimbos Institute, the Netherlands


13.00 - 14.30


14.30 - 16.00

HIV prevention among injecting drug users: the way forward

Panel discussion



Merilin Mäesalu, Ministry of Social Affairs, Estonia

Igor Sobolev, Estonian Network of PLWH

Inga Upmace, Latvian Infectology center

Ruta Kaupe, NGO DIA+LOGS, Latvia

Audrius Ščeponavičius, Ministry of Health, Lithuania

Neringa Maleckienė, NGO Coalition "I can Live", Lithuania

16.00 - 16.30 Closing remarks


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