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The Correlation Network’s EU HCV and Drug Use Initiative
will offer a unique training opportunity

11-13 May 2015, in Budapest, Hungary!

HCV Treatment Advocate Training
The HCV Treatment Advocate training is designed to increase the skills and competence of Peer Workers and harm reduction/NSP service providers to successfully implement and conduct a HCV Treatment Readiness Intervention at the NGO they currently work at.

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Drug consumption rooms - evidence and practice

 

IDPC published - in collaboration with CORRELATION -
a briefing paper about the current state of affairs around drug
consumption rooms.
The paper provides a short summary of the background, history and objectives of DCRs, and analyses available evidence regarding their impact. The second part of the briefing paper consists of an overview of the various DCRs in different countries, with a particular focus on the concepts used to develop these facilities with regard to the local political, cultural and social situation of each country.

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The Civil Society Forum on Drugs

presented 16 recommendations towards the new European Drug Strategy, which is currently drafted by the European Commission. The recommendations contain a rationale and practical suggestions for the Commission and national Member States. In a couple of annexes, particular member organisations of the Forum submitted additional statements and recommendations. The set of documents were presented to the Horizontal Drug Group ( consisting of representatives from all EU member states) during their meeting in Brussel in April. It is expected that the new EU Drug Strategy will be finally agreed on during the Cypriot EU Presidency in the second half of 2012.

Policy Papers produced by Correlation

The Correlation Network published a number of policy briefing papers, reflecting the work done in the outreach, eHealth, peer involvement and Hepatitis C working groups of the Network.

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Report on HCVB prevention

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Addiction Research (CIAR) published a project report on HCVB prevention in Europe: Identification and optimisation of evidence-based HCVB prevention in  Europe for young drug users at risk: results of expert interviews"

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Social Intervention Tool

The SIT-project of the Correlation Network has developed a Social Intervention Tool.

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Online Peer Support manual

The Peer Support work package has developed a website forthose who want to work on enabling and increasing the meaningful involvement of people who use drugs in the development and implementation of services and policies.

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Correlation final conference
12 - 14 December, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Getting out of the margins in Europe –
changing realities and making the difference

Please check here for notes, speeches and presentations of the conference and see the pictures !

The conference was organised with plenary sessions, abstract driven workshops, training sessions and opens the space for discussion and interactive workshops for participants. The conference took place in an exellent venue in the beautiful city of Ljubljana, with support of the Slovenian Ministery of Health and other conference partrners.

Correlation produced a practical manual to early intervention, outreach, peer work, focus groups and motivational interviewing.

The manual focus particular on young persons between the ages 16 and 23, who experiment with drugs and are not completely integrated in society, but have not fallen out either. The reader discuss different practical interventions and was developed by an international expert group, including peers.

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Hepatitis C: Treatment and care for people who inject drugs

A three day learning program in 12 modules: Introducing HCV, it' s transmission and prevention, diagnostic tests, treatment options, co-infectionb, organisatorial, practice and policy issues. Here you can find the integral manual online and as download.

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Steering Committee Correlation

The Steering Committee of the project met in Amsterdam to discuss the final process of the project, dissemination and advocacy opportunities and to prepare the conference in Ljubljana. The conference program is updated now with the latest information, please check
correlation-net.org/correlation_conference/
programme.html

New Guidance document for IDU:

Seven interventions, one aim: no infections among people who inject drugs.

In a new guidance document , EU agencies ECDC and the EMCDDA have joined forces to identify seven interventions to reduce and prevent infectious diseases in this vulnerable population. Many European countries have achieved substantial progress in recent years in preventing drug-related infections. Drug injecting, however, remains a major cause of infectious diseases across Europe. The interventions proposed range from the supply of injection equipment, testing and vaccination to the treatment of infections and drug dependence.

See the report at www.emcdda.europa.eu/
publications/ecdc-emcdda-guidance

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The Correlation HIV/AIDS policy dialogue seminar took place 29 - 30 June in Brussels.

Participants got an introduction to EU policy making and discussed, how HIV/AIDS relevant policies impact (or not) their daily work. During a session in the European Parliament, MEP's, representatives of the European Commission, ECDC, UNAIDS and a couple of national Aids coordinators gave their vision on political leadership in the HIV/AIDS response. The Correlation policy recommendations were presented briefly. On the last day, participants discussed opportunities 'from recommendations to action'.

Presentations, the Correlation HIV/AIDS policy recommendations, pictures and videos will be published on the website soon.

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The Correlation eHealth seminar.

The seminar was attended by 25 service providers, who will implement and test the tool during their online outreach work. After the testing and evaluation period, the tool will be made available for other organisations in the field of online outreach. Organisations will receive supporting guidelines and materials how to work and to use the tool efficiently.

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The  'Social Intervention Tool'  (SIT), a chat tool, to be used by service provider for online outreach, was presented here.

IDPC Briefing Paper on Dutch drug treatment system

The International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) published a briefing paper on the developments of the Dutch drug treatment  and care system. The paper briefly describes the history and the basic elements of the Dutch drug dependence treatment policy, including recent trends in drug use and the current drug treatment system implemented in the four largest cities in the Netherlands.

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The Correlation outreach/peer work seminar was attended by 110 participants from the Czech Republic and all over Europe, including a large number of peers and sex workers and drug user organisation representatives. Lively discussions, interactive sessions were alternated with skill building and training workshops. In a policy dialogue meeting, the situation around peer work and harm reduction was highlighted by Czech policy makers and other stakeholders.

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New resources on Indoor Sex Work

The European project INDOORS presents an analysis and good practices manual on indoor sex work settings in seven European cities. and a leaflet on safety at work made for sex workers by sex workers and organisations from five EU countries. The leaflet is available in Bulgarian, English, French, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish.

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Correlation published it's third newsletter

Please download the newsletter here as pdf or contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a print version.

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The EMCDDA published a Guidelines for testing HIV, viral hepatitis and other infections in injecting drug users

There is a recognised need for guidance on providing IDUs with a medical examination and testing for HIV, viral hepatitis and several other infections on a regular basis. In addition, improving testing uptake in this group would benefit epidemiological surveillance and monitoring as carried out at the national and international level. The guidelines are accompanied by a recommended package of prevention and primary care in relation to injecting drug users and infections.

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Correlation published a booklet on Hepatitis C: "transmission and injecting drug use: harm reduction responses".
The booklet was produced within working package 7 under coordination of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) and provides an overview about Hepatitis C and injecting drug use in Europe, including best practice examples as response to the epidemic.

Please download your copy here
or order a hard copy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please download your copy in russian

The EMCDDA launched their annual report 2010:
the 'state of the drug problem in Europe'.

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Hepatitis C training report Budapest

From 23 to 25 September 2010 Correlation organised a training on hepatitis C in Budapest. The aim of the training was to test the new training module, which has been developed by two experienced trainers from the United Kingdom, Dennis Morris and Neil Hunt. The 25 participants were selected based on a number of criteria, such as regional coverage, expertise in the issue and training experience (train the trainers).

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The Everywhere Projectwww.everywhereproject.eupublished just recently a  manual regarding  the Minimum and Premium Seals of Approval for HIV prevention for gay businesses. It also outlines (amongst other things) how the Everywhere Standards can work with existing local/national schemes, the businesses already certified.

Everywhere manual executive summary report
The Everywhere manual final report

Community engagement project publishes report about activities. This community engagement project in England allowed 547 community researchers, 75 community organisations, 935 Black and minority ethnic current or ex-mental service users, 344 carers and 4,472 other community members to contribute to the development of mental health policy and to the planning and provision of services.

Full report
Summary report
The Swedish druguser union organised a policy dialogue meeting in Stockholm with support of the Correlation Network. See here their report

New Harm Reduction Network established in Europe
On the recent harm reduction conference in Liverpool, a harm reduction network was launched within the European Union. Foundation Regenboog Groep (FRG) is one of the sub coordinators of the network, which is co-funded by the European Commission.

Please see more information about the network at: www.eurohrn.eu
Resolution on viral hepatitis adopted by the 63rd World Health Assembly in
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On the recent IHRA conference in Liverpool, Correlation took part in a major session on harm reduction in Europe.
'Harm Reduction from the grass root perspective: history, lessons learnt and what's next'

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The Foundation Regenboog Groep (FRG), host of the Correlation project, is searching for a researcher / evaluator to take part in a European project on HIV/AIDS testing.

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Correlation partner Svenska Brukarföringen
organises a seminar around peer support in Stockholm, Sweden.
Correlation published its second newsletter,
addressing the topics of the upcoming seminars.
The European project H - Cube
published a report on HBV, HCV and HIV/AIDS among young people in the EU, including definition of the 3 diseases, an epidemiological overview, best practices in prevention and information activities and currently legislation.
You can download the complete report at the following link:

http://share.associazioneises.org/HCUBE/D3_analysis_local_contexts.pdf
Gay Health Network Newsletter issue 6
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The Second General Meeting of the Correlation Network took place in Porto, Portugal, from 4 - 6 March 2010.



More than 110 experts from all over Europe continued to work on issues in the field of outreach, peer support, eHealth, hepatitis c and HIV/AIDS policy. For more information plaese contact:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM)/CDC US has released a report,

"Hepatitis and Liver Cancer: A National Strategy for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis B and C," (at www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/PDFs/IOM-HepatitisAndLiverCancerReport.pdf ) raises the visibility of the burden of viral hepatitis and identifies priorities for research, policy, and action. The IOM report confirms the vision long shared by CDC and public health partners—that it is possible to stem the tide of viral hepatitis by scaling up efforts and expanding on proven strategies, and that both prevention and early intervention for chronic viral hepatitis can help save lives.

The key recommendation provided here is the need to acknowledge hepatitis as a threat for public health, screening and care for all people in need.

At the same time also IOM announce a new website that is being launched from a CDC-funded training center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. This web site, www.KnowHepatitis.org, features a discussion by Dr. John Ward, director of CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis, on the IOM report recommendations.

Correlation partner HCLU presents the results of its video advocacy work in 2009, in a new report published recently:

http://tasz..hu/en/hclu-film/hclu-films-portfolio-2009

HCLU produced 70 films in 2009, 26 in Hungarian and 44 in English.

The European Project Connections announces it's second conference on Drugs, Alcohol and Criminal Justice, 23 - 25 June in London.

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TAMPEP's pan-European network

recently launched new products as a result of a two year project period.

Please check www.tampep.eu for the manual 'work safe in sex work ' and other materials.

The European Commission has published a strategy for combating HIV/AIDS in the EU and neighbouring countries 2009-2013

Today, the Commission has renewed its efforts to fight HIV/AIDS in the EU and neighbouring countries by adopting a strategy for the period 2009-2013. Effective HIV treatment exists but there is still no cure or vaccine against AIDS. The number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the EU and neighbouring countries has increased from 1.5 million in 2001 to 2.2 million in 2007. Approximately 730,000 of these people live in the EU. With 50 000 newly diagnosed HIV cases in the EU and the neighbouring countries alone in 2007, there is no time for complacency. Disparities exist between the numbers of HIV cases and the different modes of transmission across Europe. The strategy tackles these differences by concentrating on 3 key areas: HIV prevention and HIV testing, priority groups most at risk of HIV and priority regions. The strategy is accompanied by an action plan which illustrates concrete steps, target groups and evaluation tools that can be used to measure progress.

The overall objectives of this Strategy are: (i) to reduce new HIV infections across all European countries by 2013, (ii) to improve access to prevention, treatment, care and support and (iii) to improve the quality of life of people living with, affected by or most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS in the European Union and neighbouring countries.

The strategy calls on all key actors including national authorities and NGOs to work on:

  • improving information for all, especially targeting young people who have missed the successful HIV communication campaigns in the past
  • addressing migrants from countries with a high prevalence of HIV to make them knowledgeable on preventing transmission, HIV testing and treatment options
  • improving policies targeting, in particular, the populations most at risk, emphasising human rights, and addressing discrimination and stigma associated to HIV/AIDS

 

Please find here the entire file

 

Correlation published it's first newsletter with reports from the first General Meeting and project activities.

Please download the newsletter here as pdf or contact the administration for a print version.

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5 Reports by Professor Jane Fountain

The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) in England has just published 5 reports by Professor Jane Fountain on issues surrounding drug use and drug services among different ethnic populations in England (South Asian; Black African; Black Caribbean; Kurdish, Turkish Cypriot and Turkish; and Chinese and Vietnamese).
These are the results of the Department of Health’s Black and minority ethnic drug misuse needs assessment project that was conducted three phases during 2000-2001, 2004-2005, and 2006. In this project, 179 Black and minority ethnic community organisations were trained and supported by UCLan to conduct needs assessments among their own communities, using the Community Engagement Model.

The total sample size across the 5 reports is 18,715.

The NTA has published these reports alongside its own report of good practice in diversity and says 'This is the first detailed investigation into knowledge of drugs and drug services among a range of black and minority ethnic groups in England...The NTA endorses these reports and is grateful to UCLAN for its insights, which have been incorporated into the annual needs assessment and treatment planning process'.

The reports are available at http://www.nta.nhs.uk/publications/publications.aspx?CategoryID=0

For further details, contact:
Jane Fountain
Professor of Substance Use Research
International School for Communities, Rights and Inclusion (ISCRI)
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, UK
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First Correlation II General Meeting18th - 20th of June in Amsterdam, the Netherlandsto which more than 90 experts from all over Europe attended.

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Report Symposium

See here the report of the symposium 'drug policy between law enforcement and health policy''( in Dutch) organised by the Correlation Network in December 2008 in Amsterdam.

 

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