Women

Non for profit fund "The Mirror" implements projects to improve access to prevention and care of HIV / AIDS among drug users. One of the priorities is improving access to health care and social assistance for female injecting drug users (IUD) and  HIV-positive women.

The fund operates in Perm, Russia, which has population of 1 million. The annual growth of drug abuse in population including women has been noted. There are 9000 reported drug users, with 25 % being females. Thirty eight percent of new cases of HIV infection in 2011 were women.

After survey was distributed among female IUDs, a program was created based on the results.

In a survey 40% of women indicated they are unable to see physicians due to lack of childcare arrangements; 35% indicated need for temporary shelter.

Fund created a network of partners for providing information and help to women.  Public transportation now has ads with addresses and phone numbers for services. Services are proved by trusted physicians, psychologists and lawyers. Social workers do home visits to sick or postpartum women. Drug treatment clinic has a children's room, providing childcare while client is visiting a psychologist, a group of doctors. Women receive food, hygiene sets, and condoms.

One of the current issue is that shelters do not accept women with children, IUDs or HIV positive clients.
The Mirror in conjunction with the Administration of the Perm region and the Ombudsman opened a crisis center for women with children, providing shelter for  up to 6 months. The Fund finances nursery, psychologist services and food. 

Furthermore, relatives’ stigma of IUDs is an issue fund’s clients face. Support group was created for family members of drug users to address this problem. Group is led by a psychologist and peer consultant.

In 2011 help was provided to over 600 women. The Fund has developed guidelines for the implementation of programs for women and conducted training seminars for professionals. As a result of success of this project, regional budget for 2012-2015 includes subsidies for HIV/AIDS prophylaxis programs