In the Russian Federation, AFEW International supports the Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice (ARF) to deliver services to people who use drugs (PWUD) in Moscow. In addition, we partner with ARF on international advocacy specifically addressing issues related to harm reduction, HIV and public health policy. The service delivery project aims to develop a flexible model to defend the health and human rights of people who use drugs in the Russian Federation within the new context of political opposition to effective HIV prevention and to the work of non-governmental organisations.
In 2017, this project distributed condoms and clean needles to 3500 clients. In addition, clients received rapid self-tests for HIV and relevant counselling. Social workers provided consultations on HIV, hepatitis C and В, sexually transmitted infections, drug treatment, post-injection complications and preventing and responding to overdose.
Providing human resource services and working closely with people who use drugs through the Forum of PWUD, ARF monitors and documents cases of rights violations. After being notified about rights violations through regional networks or via street outreach workers, a case manager is assigned to lead on each particular case and each case is documented so that work may proceed and information about it may be disseminated.