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Kazan Experiences Shared With Colleagues From 10 Regions in Russia

On October 5-6, 2006, 30 representatives of governmental and civil society organizations - regional projects directors, outreach workers and trusted doctors, working on various projects with sex workers in 10 regions of the Russian Federation, took part in the program “HIV/AIDS prevention among individuals, providing paid sex services” in Kazan, the capital of the autonomous Russian republic of Tatarstan. Among them was a representative of Siberian Initiative, SWAN Member from Russia.

The colleagues from the Kazan-based Service Center Simona shared their experience in organization and implementation of prevention programs, creation of a network of trusted specialists, development of inter-departmental and inter-sectoral collaboration, and on development of medical and psychological service for sex workers. (See the article about the Service Center Simona at the top of this issue of the SWAN News).

The study tour and the seminar were organized by AIDS Infoshare Russia, which is a part of the Infoshare International, http://www.spiral.com/infoshare/newsletterInfoshare.html. The event was initiated in the framework of the Russian National Priority Project in the healthcare sphere.

Contact person: Alexey Starostenko, Siberian Initiative, Barnaul, Russia
E-mail: sibin@alt.ru  
About Siberian Initiative
Website: http://www.sibin.ru