News

October 2019

INPUD is very excited to launch the Injecting Drug User Implementation Tool Training Manual and accompanying slides.

 

Developed jointly by UNODC and INPUD, in collaboration with other partners, the guidance document Implementing Comprehensive HIV Programmes with People who Inject Drugs: Practical Approaches from Collaborative Interventions – otherwise known as the Injecting Drug User Implementation Tool (IDUIT) – was published in 2016.  It describes how to implement effective programmes and services for HIV and HCV prevention interventions for and with people who inject drugs.

 

The training manual is designed to support the roll-out of the IDUIT through capacity building at regional, country or local level. It has been developed to facilitate the work of trainers in organising and delivering training and workshops on the IDUIT to communities of people who use drugs to help them serve their own community in line with the evidence based and human rights-based approaches outlined in the IDUIT, and to interact with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations, including public health and drug policy makers, and harm reduction and HIV programme managers and staff.

 

The training manual is available here

 

The powerpoint presentations, to be shown during the training, are available here:

Powerpoint presentation for day 1 of training

Powerpoint presentation for day 2 of training

Powerpoint presentation for day 3 of training

 

A Community Position Statement

In recent years, services and options for people with opiate dependence have expanded to include a range of prolonged-release buprenorphine formulations. Although these new options can represent the right solution for some individuals, a significant risk of a coercive use exists, especially in countries where people who use drugs are highly criminalised and discriminated against. In such contexts, these medications could be used as a means to reduce people’s choice with regard to their bodily integrity and their drug use. In return, this could essentially enforce prohibition and morally-driven ideas of abstinence. This paper outlines the position of the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD), developed after extensive research and in consultation with people who use drugs and our allies.

Read the full paper here

 

 

17th October 2019

On the 10th October, 2019 history was made in Lyon, when governments, philanthropic donors and the private sector pledged US$14 billion for the Sixth Global Fund Replenishment, more than any other global health institution has ever raised. Harm Reduction International, Eurasian Harm Reduction Association, International Network of People Who Use Drugs and the India HIV/AIDS Alliance congratulate the Government of France, the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) and the broad network of health advocates, academics and policy makers on this tremendous success.

However, this is just the beginning. If the world is truly committed to ending AIDS, a seismic change is needed. We need international donors, increased political will to scale up evidence and rights-based responses such as harm reduction, and most importantly, strong community-led and civil society advocacy which requires investment.

The International Network of People who use Drugs, Harm Reduction International, Eurasian Harm Reduction Association and the India HIV/AIDS Alliance release a joint statement on what is needed to ensure people who use drugs are not left behind.

20th September 2019

On 23rd of September, 2019 the United Nations General Assembly will hold a High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The theme of this meeting is “Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World” and ostensibly aims to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage. Given the political momentum generated due to the upcoming HLM on UHC, and the potential for country-level action towards realising universal health coverage, it is important for all drug user rights advocates to stay informed.

This INPUD Technical Brief explains how Universal Health Coverage (UHC) can be both an opportunity and a concern for the health and rights of people who use drugs.

September 2019

INPUD’s Support of HIV2020

The International Network of People who Use Drugs, INPUD, is resolute in our support of the HIV2020 Conference in Mexico City.

 

Despite recommendations of global community-led networks, the International AIDS Society (IAS) have chosen the United States as the site for its next International AIDS Conference in 2020. We will not be participating in this 2020 International AIDS Conference being organised in San Francisco and Oakland. We are proud to stand in solidarity with GNP+, ICW, NSWP, MPACT, ITPC, and with Mexican HIV activists and networks of people who use drugs, who are working hard to plan a community centred, alternative gathering to be held between the 5th and 7th July 2020.

 

The IAS decision to hold the AIDS Conference in the United States shows a disregard for their own organisational values, which include an explicit focus on human rights and inclusivity, whilst encouraging meaningful engagement of people living with HIV and key populations. Moreover, it highlights a concerning willingness to ignore community voices and further marginalise and exclude already marginalised and discriminated against populations.

Read our full statement here, and follow links to endorse and subscribe to updates about HIV2020.