Ioana is from Romania (the Eastern Europe region) and is actively involved in the development and capacity building of the addiction (both drug dependence and alcohol misuse) field in her country and at international level, based on a public health approach. She started her work in the harm reduction field in 2009, working closely with the Romanian Harm Reduction Network (RHRN) and afterwards with ALIAT, a major harm reduction service provider in Romania, as a Program Director.
Both her activity in RHRN and in ALIAT has a major focus on integrating children and young people’s rights within policies, strategies and direct services for those children and young people who are using drugs, based on evidence and resources available at national and local level. Her main goal is to promote youth-friendly services for children and young people using drugs, having in mind a human rights approach.
Since January, 2014 she’s a member of the International Working Group of Youth Rise (youth led network promoting evidence based drug policies and harm reduction strategies). Her role within the working group is to advocate for the right of people using drugs to integrated and comprehensive medical and social services, with the involvement of young people who use drugs and are affected by drug policies.
She has a Bachelor degree in Political Science and a Master degree in Governance and Management.