The general objective of the project is to contribute to the prevention of the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic among people who inject drugs (PWID) and the people living with HIV (PLHIV) in the participating countries. The strategic objectives include empowering the public health system and civil society, and enhancing collaboration between various stakeholders in the field in order to tackle TB.
People who inject drugs (PWID) are at high risk of contracting tuberculosis (TB), whether or not they are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The higher risk of TB observed in PWID is usually the result of associated HIV infection, but it is often more prevalent amongst those with a history of imprisonment, and those living in cramped conditions or in dwellings with poor ventilation; in addition, it is frequently associated with homelessness, poor nutrition, alcoholism and tobacco use. These risk factors also complicate TB diagnosis and treatment.
Prison system (also the remand centers) and the probation service are in the structure of the Ministry of Justice. There are total of 13 prisons in Bulgaria - eight of them are for recidivists, three are for non-recidivists, one is for women and one is for juveniles.
This handbook has been developed in the framework of the project TUBIDU: Empowering the Public Health System and Civil Society to Fight the Tuberculosis Epidemic among Vulnerable Groups. This European Union (EU) project is funded by the “Programme of Community Action in the Field of Health (2008-2013)” and includes seven participating organizations from six EU countries. Five collaborating partners are also included in this project, all of them from non-EU countries. The general objective of the TUBIDU project is to contribute to the prevention of injecting drug use and HIV-related TB...
Evidence supports the need for a shift in the global approach to drug use. In this report, Do no harm: health, human rights and people who use drugs, UNAIDS shows what works to reduce the impact of HIV and other harms related to drug use. Countries that have moved away from laws and policies that are harmful to people who use drugs and that have increased investment in harm reduction have reduced new HIV infections and improved health outcomes. These policies also deliver broader social benefits, such as lower levels of drug-related crime and reduced pressure on health-care and criminal...
60 delegates from 14 countries gathered in Luxembourg to participate in the “Needle exchange and other harm reduction measures in prison settings” conference which was organized by Patrick Hoffmann (Ministry of Health) and was part of WP 6.
Lydia Mutsch, Minister of Health of Luxembourg and Felix Braz, Minister of Justice of Luxembourg, opened the event, welcoming the participants and highlighting the importance of the meeting. This kick-off by the two ministers showed the importance of prisoners’ health on the public health agenda. In the morning of the conference, the healthcare...
A Working Group of Checkpoints from all over Europe developed an interactive Toolkit for community-based, voluntary counselling and testing (CBVCT) services targeting men who have sex with men (MSM). This Toolkit is part of the Euro HIV EDAT (Early HIV Diagnosis And Testing in Europe, www.eurohivedat.eu ) project, funded by the 2008-13 Health Programme from European Commission. It supports projects that recently started, plan to start or are running a Community Based Voluntary Counseling and Testing (CBVCT) project and/or Checkpoint for gay men and other men that have sex with men (MSM)....
In today’s global health landscape we are witnessing a general movement away from external, international funding, and towards national health budgeting for public health. As many countries are overwhelmed with this task we will need innovative funding mechanisms in order to achieve the goal of ending HIV and hepatitis in Europe. This is why HA-REACT held a meeting on “The Financing and Sustainability of Harm Reduction Services in the EU” as part of WP8 “ sustainability and long-term funding” , at the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) first Regional Conference for central and eastern...
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