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There was a slight inaccuracy in your very strong piece on
the trials and tribulations of substitution therapy in
The GF did not award a grant to the Ukrainian government in
2004, but rather it awarded a grant in Round 1 (2002).
However, certain significant irregularities were noted in
November-December 2003, which led to an investigation by the
GF and the cancellation of the grant in late January 2004.
This resulted in the dismissal of the three Principle
Recipients. Subsequently, a Stewardship Grant was awarded to
the International HIV/AIDS Alliance-Brighton in March 2004
for the completion of "Round 1".
It should be noted that this was the first time that the GF
acted to withdraw a grant. Regrettably, it has not been the
Parenthetically, we would like to believe that with proper
leadership and an on-going education program for the police,
and for society, the existing tensions between the police
and health care workers concerning harm reduction methods,
including substitution therapy, will be dissipated. Many in
public health would like to see harm reduction methods
better understood and accepted by all of society as a best
No competing interests
21 July 2010
Eliot J. Pearlman
Head of the Board
Liudmyla Dmytriieva, Community Health Educator, International HIV/AIDS & TB Institute, 03150 Kyiv Ukraine
International HIV/AIDS & TB Institute, 03150 Kyiv Ukraine