Based in Ukraine, Olga is a trainer, clinical psychologist, and an expert in creating harm reduction programmes for women who use drugs, and in community mobilisation and advocacy. She has worked in the fields of harm reduction and community mobilisation for 10 years.
Olga was Programme Coordinator at the charitable foundation “VIRTUS” (Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine) from 2003 to 2014. Since 2010 she has been on the board of the Association of the Substitution Treatment Advocates of Ukraine (ASTAU), which advocates for the rights of Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) clients and promotes wider access to OST. She was involved in the Ukrainian OST clients’ campaign to resist politically motivated police action against OST clinics and clients in 2008 and 2010.
Olga has a particular interest in women who use drugs and has been involved in assessing needs and promoting community mobilisation as part of her work for the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network since 2013.
Olga has been active in drug policy in Ukraine. She has also supported regional networking among people who use drugs (the European Network of People who Use Drugs - ENPUD) in programmes across Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA).