Presidential Grant: ‘Peer to Peer’

The All-Russian Public Movement “Civil Dignity” and NP EVA entered a contract to implement the project ‘Peer to Peer’.   The project starts February 1st,…
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The All-Russian Public Movement “Civil Dignity” and NP EVA entered a contract to implement the project ‘Peer to Peer’.
 
The project starts February 1st, 2016. It is a continuation of the volunteer work done by rights defenders and peer counselors who counsel patients on HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis in five regions of the Russian Federation: Kaliningrad, Sverdlovsk, Perm, Khanty-Mansiisk, and Saint Petersburg as well as other regions as requested by clients.
 
The project begins with a two-day rights training for 16 peer counselors. Based on the results of the activity of training participants, four counselors will be chosen to work on the project. Over the course of eight months of the project’s implementation, at least 1,280 counselings with patients living with HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis will be conducted on issues related to defending one’s rights.
 
Peer counselors will establish the initial contact with the patients on internet forums and will conduct informational counselings on how to receive help from rights defenders and lawyers.
 
The main particularity of the project is that the patients will be provided with action plans in clear language. Additionally they will receive a template for claims, motions, and other documents that will be disseminated on at least 30 internet sources for quick access.
 
Within the project an educational short film intended for both rights defenders and clients will be created and filmed. The film will contain algorithms for defending one’s rights or personal experience in representing one’s interests in situations of being denied to obtain health care and social services.
 

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