Re Generation is a Serbia-based NGO run by professionals in the field of prevention and harm reduction.
Founders of Re Generation felt the need to address the problems of the most vulnerable people in society. The main focus of our organization is therefore on helping drug users, sex workers, children who live and work in the street, the homeless, ex-prisoners, LGBT people, ethnic minorities, Roma people, PLHIV, refugees, and internally displaced people.
The Re Generation NGO represents an initiative aiming to increase the engagement and social inclusion of young people in policies and decision-making affecting their lives. To this end we work at increasing the effectiveness of programmes, services and health initiatives to promote and safeguard the health of children and youth we get in touch with. Re Generation as an NGO recognises also that prevention is an aspect of harm reduction which is often glossed over (since harm reduction implicitly works with current users), even though it has a central and important role in helping young people.
Young people are especially vulnerable in Serbia, as they face a wide range of specific barriers when it comes to accessing harm reduction, health and social services, advocating for harm reduction interventions, or engaging with harm reduction organisations or donors at a national, regional or international level. Street children, young drug users, and young people involved in the sex trade, often face extreme marginalisation and social exclusion.
Therefore our focus is on:
• Spreading harm reduction knowledge – among young people and service providers
• Discriminatory Policies – to reduce barriers and fight against stigma
• Research of the profile, behaviour and needs of young drug users
• Research and Advocacy for Evidence Based Drug Policies – comprehensive analysis of the overall drug policy situation
in Serbia, as well as development of an effective advocacy plan for drug policy reform, and the active involvement of civil society in decision-making to ensure effective evidence- based drug policies that are in line with EU standards, but also respect the basic human rights of drug users and fit their needs
• Creating effective Harm Reduction Services – relevant and accessible
• Seeking to Increase Training Opportunities – both for young people, and service providers
• Street Children and Youth – to better address their specific needs
Values of NGO Re Generation:
• Tolerance and equal rights
• Respect for individual choice
• Public health
• Confidentiality / Anonymity
• Innovation and originality
• Team work and collective responsibility
• Objectivity and self-criticism
• Visibility and transparency
• Respect for all people regardless of age, gender, race, nationality, religious affiliation and political orientation.