Anya Sarang is President of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice in Moscow, Russia, where she works on advocacy for access to health and protection of human rights, as well as dignity for people who use drugs and humane drug policies. For the past 11 years, her work has focused on developing and supporting the emerging harm reduction movement in Russia through various training and networking activities.
Ms. Sarang has been closely involved with harm reduction development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia through her membership in the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network. She has also been involved in research on drug use and HIV, including epidemiological and behavioral studies and qualitative research on issues such as barriers to harm reduction services, police and human rights, access to HIV treatment, management of drug use, prisons and drug policy.
The International Rollleston Award 2004 was awarded to Anya Sarang in recognition of her hard work and achievements in developing and promoting harm reduction in Eastern Europe.