In anexa 5 a documentului “Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations” redactat de catre Organizatia Mondiala a Sanatatii, Carusel apare cu un studiu de caz rezultat in urma proiectului “Harm Reduction Advocacy Project targeting Roma GOs and NGOs in Romania”, proiect derulat in perioada 1 Noviembrie 2012 – 31 Octombrie 2013, cu sprijin financiar din partea OSF.
Romania | Building bridges: advocacy for community acceptance
CARUSEL – Roma Harm Reduction Advocacy Project
In 2012 CARUSEL developed an advocacy project to sensitize the National Agency for Roma (NAR) and other major Roma NGOs to the drug use situation in the community, especially regarding the vulnerability, stigma and discrimination that Roma drug users face. In order to build political will and commitment on these issues, CARUSEL recognized that community acceptance was the first step.
CARUSEL’s advocacy strategy includes dissemination of key human rights and public health messages, trainings for sensitization and capacity building, and field visits for data collection, outreach to community leaders and supervision of activities. Drug users themselves are involved in all project activities. A scholarship programme supports young people to attend the Roma Harm Reduction Summer School to develop outreach and harm reduction advocacy skills.
As a result of this work, NAR and other Roma NGOs are becoming more understanding of drug use in the Roma community, and there is greater acceptance of the users themselves. Roma NGOs are now providing financial assistance for CARUSEL to purchase harm reduction supplies and to provide technical expertise for reporting cases of human rights violations against all drug users. The needs of Roma drug users—including culturally appropriate harm reduction activities—are now addressed in the national strategy and action plans of the National Antidrug Agency.