On 16 – 18 December, 2014 Regional Technical Support Hub from Eastern Europe and Central Asia organised a workshop for CAHR partners on Access to Care and Treatment for People Who Inject Drugs (PWID). The aim of the workshop that took place in Bangkok (Thailand) facilitated by Olga Denisiuk and Constantine Lezhentsev was to provide participants with up-to-date information about the most effective models of improving access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for PWID with a special focus on CAHR countries (China, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar (new CAHR country from 2015)).
As a result of the workshop, participants understood the role of community-based outreach model in organizing access to ART for PWID, discussed opportunities and approaches for integrating ART component into harm reduction projects and developed country specific plans.
The participants became interested in implementing community initiated treatment (case-management) approach and needle and syringe exchange programme (NSP)-based treatment initiatives. The participants gave a positive feedback regarding the workshop, topics discussed and the facilitators, who proved themselves as professional, experienced and helpful experts. The most useful topic that the participants indicated was the treatment cascade in general, and stage 4 - the combination of treatment and prevention and the process of reaching out to new clients and engaging them into the further steps of the cascade, developing and sustaining adherence and the integration of services (one stop shopping in particular). Learning sharing among participants was also mentioned as one of the additional benefits of the workshop.