Addition through the COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM) of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to the Multicountry project “Sustainability of services for key populations in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region” (aka #SoS_project)
In April 2020 the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has launched a COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM), that authorized US$500 million funding in addition to grant flexibilities. The mechanism is to address the most urgent needs in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.
The Alliance for Public Health is already implementing the Multi-country project “Sustainability of services for key populations in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region” (aka #SoS_project) and has received additional funding through the C19RM mechanism to regionally address the most urgent needs in the face of COVID-19 crisis. EHRA as a sub-recipient in this project will focus on increasing access to legal, psychiatric and shelter support for women who use drugs and experience gender-base/intimate partner violence.
Violence against women is highly prevalent. Intimate partner violence is the most common form of violence. Data suggest an increase in domestic violence cases since the COVID-19 outbreak began2. Members of key populations (KPs) including PWUD are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Stress, the disruption of social and protective networks, and decreased access to services, distancing measures can all exacerbate the risk of gender-bases/ intimate partner violence for women. They are at higher risk of homelessness and/or in need of alternative, safe forms of shelter.
Build or strengthen partnerships on the local and national level between HR services and shelters, psychosocial (including psychiatry) and legal counsel service providers to ensure that health and human rights of WUD who experience violence are protected in the time of COVID-19.
- Develop recommendations on referring WUD the victims of violence and human rights violations, for getting legal and psychosocial (including psychiatric) support and temporary shelter.
- Carry out a two-day on-line training for HR service organizations on building systems of referral to provide psychosocial (including psychiatric) support, shelter and legal counsel to WUD experiencing violence and human rights violations.
- Provide 5 small grants to NGOs in 5 countries on building systems of referring WUD experiencing violence and human rights violations to shelters, legal and psychosocial (including psychiatric) support within HR projects.
- Share experience regionally on best practices referring WUD experiencing violence and human rights violations to shelters, legal and psychiatric support.
The project ended 30 June 2021. EHRA and 5 in-country partners – ReGeneration in Serbia, HOPS in Macedonia, Revansh in Kazakhstan, ARF in Russia and Convictus in Ukraine – reached the aim of improving access to services for women who use drugs in case of violence – directly via improving a service of partner organizations or building partnerships and providing capacity building for other service providers. More information can be found in the Final Report of the project.
Countries covered by the project: Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
Project timeline: November 2020 – March 2022
Overall budget: 189 196,87 USD
Project donor: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Contact person: Maria Plotko firstname.lastname@example.org
- Webinar on police response to GBV toward women using drugs
- Report on best practices integrating assistance to women affected by violence into harm reduction programs
- Webinar on Police response to GBV against women who use drugs for the police from Central Asia
- Final webinar and project outcomes
- PEPFAR, USAID, EpiC, UNAIDS, GPC: Strategic Considerations for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Key Population-Focused HIV Programs, 2020
- UNWOMEN: The Shadow Pandemic: Violence against women during COVID-19, 2020
- ВОЗ: COVID-19 и насилие в отношении женщин. Что может сделать сектор/система здравоохранения, 2020