Mobile health services for 1000 Moscow drug users

 
$19,820
$40,180
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Jul 16, 2013

Everyone deserves respect

Making a bag with necessary medical kit
Making a bag with necessary medical kit

I had no idea what an impact the outreach project can do for those who addicted to drugs. I was invited to see the work of outreach volunteers from inside. I met two very positive volunteers with backpackers full of syringes, medical swabs, creams, condoms and medication to prevent overdose. We based near the pharmacy and started waiting for drug-users. We set up bags for each person including medical kit and Andrey Rylkov Foundation brochure where every drug-user can find essential information about harm-reduction services. That day we've met about 15 drug-users, among them were two women. Some of drug-users knew ARF volunteers will be here waiting for them. Volunteers even knew some of drug-users. They talked like an old friends, asking each other how thing's going. Every person came up to us had got bag with medical kit and brochure. I met one woman who just found out that there is such organization like ARF who helps drug-users providing harm reduction services. She was amazed that somebody cares for her. She told us she would like to stop using drugs but she doesn't know how. Volunteers provided additional information to her about Andrey Rylkov Foundation, the rehabilitation centres, anonymous groups, anonymous consultations. Woman thanked us, she was touched by such care from strangers.She said she will call to ARF for help.

All I understood that day that everyone deserves being treated as a person with respect and dignity. I understood how syringes and friendly attitude can build trust and hope for a person, who due to circumstances has been brought  into drug addiction and become an outsider of life, neglected by government and community.

I found out how many disadvantage people addicted to drugs need common understanding and support.

That was an amazing experience for me.

Full bag with contact information of ARF on it
Full bag with contact information of ARF on it
ARF volunteer - future lawyer
ARF volunteer - future lawyer
ARF harm reduce brochure
ARF harm reduce brochure

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anya sarang

Moscow, Moscow Russia

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