[WEBINAR] 25+ years of opioid agonist therapy implementation in CEECA region: challenges and innovations

More than 25 years ago, first opioid agonist therapy (OAT) programmes started in Lithuania, Czechia and several other CEECA countries. Since then many lessons were learned to overcome internal systematic and contexual challenges. 

The session will provide a platform for dialogue, collaboration, and knowledge exchange to address challenges and introduce innovations to ensure better access to OAT as evidence-based life-saving treatment for people who use drugs. 

Through the collective expertise of presenters and attendees, the side-event will aim to foster a comprehensive understanding of OAT advancements and challenges, ultimately contributing to improved treatment outcomes and enhanced accessibility for individuals in need. The session will cover various innovations recently introduced and piloted in the region, including mobile OAT services, extended-release buprenorphine, OAT prescribed by family doctors, private OAT facilities, and OAT provision by non-governmental organizations.

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in cooperation with state medical facilities play a crucial role in addressing gaps in OAT provision, particularly in regions where availability is limited. Mobile OAT and private clinics can also enhance the accessibility of the service. The role of family doctors in delivering OAT will also be explored, emphasizing the significance of integrating addiction treatment into primary healthcare settings with the potential to not only increase availability but also reduce the stigma associated with opioid dependence. 

Furthermore, attendees will gain insights into the pharmacological aspects and real-world applications of extended-release buprenorphine, potentially revolutionizing OAT practices. Lastly, the session will explore substitution treatment options for stimulant users, recognizing the need for tailored interventions in response to the growing challenges posed by stimulant dependence.


Host – Alliance for Public Health

1. Overview of Lessons Learned from OAT Programs in EECA Countries During the Past 25+ Years

Ganna Dovbakh, Eurasian Harm Reduction Association, Lithuania

2. Responding to Challenges: Progress and Innovations in Moldova’s OAT Programs

Alla Iatco, Union for Equity and Health, Moldova

3. OAT Programs in Ukraine: A Journey Through History, War and Innovations 

Alliance for Public Health, Ukraine

Date: March 19

Time: 09:00 – 10:00 am

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