The International Network of People who Use Drugs, Mainline, King's College London, AFEW International, the South African Network of People who Use Drugs, AFEW Kyrgystan and Rumah Cemarah are excited to share the results of a three year research programme exploring how community involvement impacts the quality and accessibility of harm reduction services for people who use drugs. This research, supported through the Bridging the Gaps II programme, was completed from 2018 through 2020 as part of a community-academic partnership across Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan and South Africa which were linked to a ‘rapid review’ of the literature on low and middle-income countries.
Evidence from our report shows how difference forms of community involvement across these three countries impact harm reduction access and quality, especially in low and middle income settings. We hope this evidence base can guide the scaling-up of community involvement efforts globally in support of harm reduction targets.
Following is a background of each case study:
Indonesia: peer-led case management and ART access
From July through September 2020, as part of HIV2020 Online, INPUD and Rights Reporter Foundation released an original ten-part film series - Taking Back What's Ours! An oral history of the movement of people who use drugs - featuring the stories, histories and reflections of drug user advocates around the world.
Taking Back What's Ours! A documented history of the movement of people who use drugs is an accompanying research project drawing on accounts from 34 activists across the world in order to document the meanings that people who use drugs attribute to the movement, the challenges and tensions they perceive working within and outside the movement, and strategies for affecting positive change. The report seeks to amplify the voices of leading advocates and identify common features of the movement of people who use drugs, while also paying attention to the influence of contextual factors that may facilitate or impede progress towards the movement’s goals. In doing so, this report aims to celebrate the movement’s strength and resilience despite the overwhelming challenges, and consider the lessons learned from a generation of pioneering activists that may inspire a newer generation to build upon and extend their successes.
As HIV2020 Online begins winding down into the final month of programming, we want to remind the community about several upcoming sessions which are led by, feature, or should otherwise be of interest to people who use drugs. Registration for all sessions, which is still free, can be done at www.hiv2020.org/registration. You can see a full calendar of remaining sessions at www.hiv2020.org/calendar. You will need to register at least three days in advance to attend a session.
All sessions will have live translation available to English, Spanish, Russian, French, and Portuguese. Also a reminder that you can view previously recorded sessions on the conference YouTube page, or from the Facebok page where they are live streamed.
El VIH, las Drogas y Mujeres Postitivas en Respuesta (session held in Spanish)
Presented by Latin American Network of People who Use Drugs & HIV without Discrimination
Tuesday 22 September, 10:00 UTC
International Drug Users’ Day is an immensely important event for the global community of people who use drugs, providing an opportunity for us to celebrate our history and affirm our rights. In past years we have developed a shareable poster (seen to the left) for use on social media and other public platforms. For 2020, we would like to ask our global community to help design a new poster commemorating this year’s International Drug Users’ Day.
From the pool of entries we will select one winner and two runners-up. The poster selected as the winner will become INPUD’s official poster for the 2020 International Drug Users’ Day, while the two runners-up will also be shared and made available for use by the community. There will be a cash prize for all three selected posters.
In past years our posters have served as vibrant, powerful and positive images celebrating our community. We are seeking a similar design this year which can capture the resiliency and diversity of our community, sending the message that people who use drugs are proud of who we are and what we have achieved.
INPUD is excited to publish our 2018-2019 Annual Report and Financial Summaries.
In 2018 and 2019, we strengthened our capacity and ability to mobilize communities, provide technical assistance to networks of people who use drugs, engage in advocacy and campaigning at all levels, and continue to publish key documents on the health and human rights of people who use drugs all over the world.
Some of the key highlights you will read about include:
- Rollout of the Injection Drug User Implementation Tool (IDUIT) Training Manual and the global reach of IDUIT trainings in 2018-2019.
- Engagement in cross-sector partnerships which allow INPUD to amplify the voices and concerns of people who use drugs.
- Local, national, regional and international advocacy achievements of INPUD and networks of people who use drugs all over the world.
- Drug user participation in major conferences, workshops and other global or regional events.
- Summaries of our key publications and documents from 2018-2019.
- Examples of key achivements by national and regional networks of people who use drugs.
We would like to thank all INPUD members and allies who helped us achieve this incredible work.
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