According to the latest estimates, the number of most-at-risk adolescents (MARA) is 129 000, including 21 700 injection drug users (UNICEF). However, there is no official data on the exact number of MARA, including underage drug users. In Ukraine MARA represent a very closed group, thus the lack of statistical data, stigma, discrimination and legal barriers make their access to HIV/STI services more complicated.
Many years of experience of AFEW-Ukraine demonstrate that the rights of underage drug users are often violated, and this fact remains unknown to anyone from their close environment, including parents. Violation of rights of underage drug users, that remains unnoticed is among the factors that contribute to increased risks of HIV infection.
Despite frequent cases of violations reported by service providers, these cases are not officially registered and publicly unknown. That is why in 2016 AFEW-Ukraine and its partners started developing a tool for monitoring human rights violations of adolescents using drugs.
Today, AFEW-Ukraine presents the results of piloting the tool for monitoring the violations of human rights of most-at-risk adolescents in Ukraine in 2017.