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© National Harm Raduction Conference Tbilisi 2019 

Programme

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Day One: 26 March, 2019

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 09:00 - 10:00   Registration 

 10:00 - 10:40 - Welcome Speeches 

 Dr. Philippe De Botton - President of Medecins Du Monde France  

 Dr. Elisabeth Avril - Director of Gaia Paris - Responsible for Mission in Georgia - Medecins Du Monde France 

 Ketevan Khutsishvili - Executive Director - Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF)

 Zaza Karchkhadze - Chairman of Board of Georgian Network of People who Use Drugs - GeNPUD

 Report from Activists Summit 

 10:40 - 10:50 - Screening of Video Clip 

 10:00 - 10:50   Opening Session 

 Opening Session Moderator:

 10:50 - 11:00  

 Ensuring sustainable access to Harm Reduction Services in Transition Period in Georgia : Challenges and Solutions 

 Kakha Kvashilava - Executive Director - Georgian Harm Reduction Network 

 11:00 - 11:10

 Transition Period: Effective HIV Response and Sustainability of HarmReduction: Strategic Priorities, Implemented Actions and FuturePlans

 Tamar Gabunia - Deputy Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories

 11:10 - 11:20 

 Transition and Sustainability Planning: Ensuring sustainable harm reduction programming, perspective of GFATMPIU

 Amiran Gamkrelidze - Director General - National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health - NCDC

 11:20 - 11:30 

 Lessons learnt and what to replicate: Harm Reduction and Access to Services in countries preparing for transition

 Gyongyver Jakab - Fund Portfolio Manager - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

 11:30 - 11:40 

 Domestic funding for Harm reduction in EECA region: challenges and compromises

 Ganna Dovbakh - Executive Director - Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA)

 11:40 - 11:50 

 Lessons learnt and what to avoid: Harm Reduction and Access to Services in countries were transition already happened;

 Peter Sarosi - Executive Director - Rights Reporter Foundation

 11:50 - 12:30 

 Panel Discussion and Q&A

 10:50 - 12:30   Plenary Session 1: Transition and Sustainability of Harm Reduction   Programmes 

 12:30 - 13:00   Break and Poster Tour 

Moderator: Darejan (Jana) Javakhishvili - Senior Programme Manager - Global Initiative in Psychiatry - GIP

 13:00 - 13:10 

 New Psycho active Substances and Non-Injecting Drug Use - Global Challenges and Response Measures

 Mat Southwell - Drugs and HIV Consultant - International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)

 13:10 - 13:20 

 New Psycho active Substances and Non-Injecting Drug Use in Georgia: Needs and Challenges

 Dr. David Otiashvili - Executive Director - Addiction Research Centre ‘’Alternative Georgia’’ 

 13:20 - 13:30 

 Cannabis Under Control A detailed and cautious scenario for a regulated, not-for-profit cannabis market

 Prof. Dr. Tom Decorte - Professor of Criminology – University of Ghent - Faculty of Law and Criminology, Institute for Social Drug research   (ISD)

 13:30 - 13:40 

 Drug Consumption Room: An effective measure to reduce human and social harms 

 Dr. Elisabeth Avril - Director - Gaia Paris - Responsible for Mission in Georgia - MDM France

 13:40 - 13:50 

 Drug Use and Harm Reduction in Night Clubs and Musical Festivals: What we need to introduce?

 David Subeliani - White Noise Movement (WNM)

 13:50 - 14:30 

 Panel Discussion and Q&A

 13:00 - 14:30   Plenary Session 2: New Harm Reduction 

 Exhibition Booth 1: Drug Consumption Room 

 Exhibition Booth 2: Harm Reduction Paraphernalia

 Exhibition Booth 3: Drug Checking 

 Exhibition Booth 4: Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) and other practices of OST

 Exhibition Booth 5: Syringe Wending Machines 

 14:30 - 16:00   Lunch and Exhibition Tour: Harm Reduction Best Practices not available in Georgia

Moderator - Ketevan Bidzinashvili - Executive Director - ‘Step to the Future’​

 HIV/AIDS 

 16:00 - 16:10 

 Overview and challenges: HIV and Harm Reduction in Georgia

 Nino Janashia - Executive Director -’Ksenoni’

 16:10 - 16:20 

 View of PLWH Community on harm reduction programme and PLWH specific services

 Tamar Gakhokidze - Social Worker - 'Hepa +'

 16:20 - 16:35 

 Questions and Answers

 Hepatitis C 

 16:35 - 16:45 

 HCV and Harm Reduction in Georgia

 Maka Gogia - Programme Director - Georgian Harm Reduction Network (GHRN)

 16:45 - 17:00 

 Questions and Answers

 Tuberculosis 

 17:00 - 17:10 

 Role of Harm Reduction in TB Response

 Konstantine Labartkava - Executive Director - 'New Vector'

 17:10 - 17:30 

 Questions and Answers

 16:00 - 17:30   Parallel Sessions 1: Harm Reduction Services 

Moderator - Nino Tsereteli – Executive Director - Centre for Information and Counseling on Reproductive Health - ‘Tanadgoma'

 Opioid Substitution Theraphies 

 16:00 - 16:10 

 Opioid Substitution Therapies in Georgia

 Khatuna Todadze - Deputy Director - Centre for Mental Health and Prevention of Addiction

 16:17 - 16:25 

 View of Patients OST Programmes: Needs and Challenges

 Konstantine Rukhadze - OST Patient

 16:25 - 16:35 

 Questions and Answers

 Rehabilitation Programmes 

 16:35 - 16:45 

Rehabilitation Programmes in Georgia: From ART Therapies to Rehab Centre

Vazha Kasrelishvili - Project Coordinators - Centre for Information and Counseling on Reproductive Health - ‘Tanadgoma'

 16:45 - 17:00 

 Questions and Answers

 Harm Reduction in Prisons 

17:00 - 17:10 

Harm Reduction in Prisons - Needs and Challenges

Kakha Kepuladze - Project Coordinator - Centre for Information and Counseling on Reproductive Health - ‘Tanadgoma'

17:10 - 17:30 

 Questions and Answers

 16:00 - 17:30   Parallel Sessions 2: Treatment & Rehabilitation 

Moderator - Ernst Wisse - Harm Reduction Adviser - Medecins Du Monde France

 Overdose 

16:00 - 16:07 

 Management of Opioid Overdoses

 Zaza Karchkhadze - Chairman of Board - Georgian Network of People who Use Drugs (GeNPUD)

16:07 - 16:14 

 Overdose related to New Psychoactive Substances: Introducing Response Measures

 Temo Khatiashvili - Director - Community Alliance

16:14 - 16:20 

 View of Night Club Hosts on Harm Reduction in Club Settings: Needs and Asks

 Naja Orashvili - Owner - Night Club ‘Bassiani’

16:20 - 16:35 

 Questions and Answers

 Drug Use and LGBTQI Community 

16:35 - 16:42 

 IBSS and PSE among MSM Population in Georgia

 Curatio International Foundation (CIF)

16:35 - 16:42 

 Drug Use and Expected Challenges in MSM and Trans Communities

 David Kakhaberi - Programme Coordinator - Equality Movement

16:42 - 16:50 

 Tbilisi Pride - A Dignity March for LGBTQI Rights

 Giorgi Tabagari - Tbilisi Pride

16:50 - 17:00 

 Questions and Answers 

 Women who Use Drugs 

16:35 - 16:45 

 Specific needs and tailored services for WUD

 Ekaterine Gardaphkhadze - ‘Akeso’

16:35 - 16:45 

 Specific needs and tailored services for FSW

 Nino Bolkvadze - ‘Women for Freedom’

16:45 - 17:00 

 Questions and Answers 

 16:00 - 17:30   Parallel Session 3: Specific Services and Human Rights 

Day Two: 27 March, 2019

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 09:00 - 10:00   Registration 

Moderator: Salome Asatiani - Correspondent - Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty Georgian Service

 10:00 - 10:10 

 Drug Policy in Georgia: Definition of Problems and review of developments and changes in Georgian Drug Legislation

 Sopho Verdzeuli - Director of Democracy and Justice Programme - Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC)

 10:10 - 10:20 

 Legislative Regulation of Cannabis in Georgia and Decisions of Constitutional Court
 Vakhushti Menabde - Expert/Constitutionalist

 10:20 - 10:30 

 Repressive Drug Policy in Georgia - Report by Human Rights Watch
 Giorgi Gogia - Associate Director - Europe and Central Asia Division - Human Rights Watch

 10:30 - 10:40 

"Call for Global Decriminalization; Need of the moment"
 Binod Gurung - Board Member - International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD)

 10:40 - 10:50 

 Georgia on Drug Legislation and related challenges
 Akaki Zoidze - Chairman - Health and Social Issues Committee - Parliament of Georgia

 

 10:50 - 11:00 

 Vision and Plans of Ministry of Interior on Drug Legislation and related challenges
 Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia

 10:50 - 11:00 

 A Public Health Approach to Drug Policy
 Celine Grillon - Advocacy Adviser - Medecins Du Monde France

 11:10 - 11:20 

 Voice of Georgia PUD Community
 Lasha Abesadze - Georgian Network of People who Use Drugs (GeNPUD)

 11:20 - 11:30 

 Call for Decriminalization
 Beqa Tsikarishvili - White Noise Movement

 11:30 - 12:00 

 Pane Discussion and Q&A

 10:00 - 10:50   Plenary Session: Drug Policy

 12:00 - 12:30   Break and Poster Tour 

Moderator: Ganna Dovbakh - Executive Director - Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA)

 12:30 - 12:40 

 Main Stages of Budget Development and State Funding of Healthcare Programmes in Georgia
 Irina Javakhadze - Chief Specialist - Ministry of Finance of Georgia

 12:40 - 12:50 

 The lost decade: Neglect for harm reduction funding and the health crisis among people who use drugs
 Olga Szubert - Senior Policy Analyst - Harm Reduction International

 12:50 - 13:00 

 Funding Opportunities for Harm Reduction and Cross - Cutting Fields with in European Union
 Lali Chkhetia - Programme Officer Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

 13:00 - 13:10 

 French 5% Initiative: Funding Policy and opportunities for local actors
 Tiphaine Lucas - Attaché of International Cooperation - Embassy of France in Georgia

 13:10 - 13:20 

 AHF Programme in Georgia: Opportunities for CSOs
 Nia Khetaguri - Programme Manager - AIDS Health care Foundation (AHF)

 13:10 - 13:20 

 CRG EECA Regional Platform - Technical Support Opportunities for CSOs and CBOs
 Ganna Dovbakh - Executive Director - Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA)

 13:30 - 14:00 

  Panel Discussion and Q&A

 12:30 - 14:00   Plenary Session: Donors and Funding 

 Exhibition Booth 1: Drug Policy in Portugal 
 Exhibition Booth 2: Drug Policy in Netherlands 
 Exhibition Booth 3: Drug Policy in Switzerland 
 Exhibition Booth 4: Drug Policy in Czech Republic
 Exhibition Booth 5: Cannabis related Policy in Colorado State, USA

 14:00 - 15:30   Lunch and Exhibition Tour: Successful Drug Policies 

Workshop 1: Transition and Sustainability; Moderator - Giorgi Gotsadze Curatio International Foundation (CIF)


Workshop 2: New Harm Reduction; Moderator -Irma Kirtadze- Addiction Research Center ‘Alternative Georgia’


Workshop 3: Drug Policy; Moderator -David Otiashvili - Addiction Research Center ‘Alternative Georgia’

 15:30 - 17:00   Workshops 

 17:00 - 17:20 

 Workshops Results
 Rapporteurs

 17:20 - 17:30 

 Presentation of Conference Declaration

 17:30 - 18:00 

 Closing Remarks - 
 MedecinsDuMonde
 OpenSocietyGeorgiaFoundation

 17:00 - 18:00   Closing Session