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Join INPUD on Wednesday, 22 September 2021 at 12:00pm London time for a Peer Technical Support Forum on the County Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) evolution for people who use drugs the the Global Fund. 

The forum will familiarise networks and communities of people who use drugs with the concept of CCM evolution, what value it brings to the community and how peers can get more engaged in Global Fund related processes when advocating for their priorities. 

Speakers will include Global Fund Secretariat staff from the CCM Evolution Hub and the Global Fund Community, Rights and Gender Team, which will be followed by a Q and A and a peer exchange and discussion. 

KEY INFO:

Date: 22nd September, 2021
Time: 12.00-13.00 London time
Registration Link: https://bit.ly/3A2gYnj
Language: English with live translation in Russian, Spanish, French and Hindi (to be confirmed). 

9 September 2021

The International Network of People Who Use Drugs, together with the Rights Reporter Foundation, launches the #MoreThan Video Contest to promote a humane, non-judgmental and compassionate approach in presenting the lives of people who use drugs.

The video contest is part of the #MoreThan campaign, highlighting that people who use drugs are more than the sum of all labels attached to them by society. These labels are often stigmatising and deny their inherent human dignity. The campaign emphasises that no individual is defined only by drug use, and should instead be seen as people with multiple identities, interests, passions and dreams.

We are now accepting videos that honour this diversity and challenge stigmatising narratives and stereotypes about drug use and people who use drugs. Movies that present stories about individuals/communities to overcome systemic problems and activate systemic change are also appreciated. 

The video competition does not only target professional film makers but community activists and amateur film makers as well, who are able to produce simple, short videos with basic equipment (e.g. smartphone, basic editing software).   

The deadline for applications is November 15th, 2021 (11:59 pm CET). Applicants should fill in this English application form and submit their movies on this dropbox. Only original videos produced for this contest are eligible.  All videos must be in English or have English subtitles. Videos from all countries of the world are eligible. 

The maximum length of videos is 30 minutes. 

Movies will be subject to review by a 5 member international selection board, based on the power of the messages, the quality of the video and the creativity of the production. 

The best movies will be awarded:  

10 September, 2021

The International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) and Harm Reduction International (HRI) welcome the Global Fund Strategy Framework draft narrative and the opportunity to input. As the largest donor for harm reduction in low-and middle-income (LMI) countries, the Global Fund is pivotal to efforts to end AIDS among people who use drugs by 2030.  

Currently, we are facing a 95% funding gap for harm reduction in LMI countries, rising new HIV infections among key populations, including among people who use drugs, disruptions in HIV prevention programmes and services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing stigma, discrimination, criminalisation and human rights abuses that prevent people from accessing services, alongside shrinking civil society space and political pushback. Combined with an economic downturn caused by the pandemic and uneven donor investments in the HIV response, we face an unprecedented challenge to meet the 2030 goal to end AIDS. 

Taking into consideration that this strategy will be the last one before the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) deadline, it is crucial that the strategy narrative is inspiring and transformative, front loads the strategic shifts needed to leave no-one behind and outlines how its new objectives and sub-objectives will be translated into action. This will be critical in setting specific and measurable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), integrated into a robust M&E Framework that guides the effective allocation of funding to programmes and services crucial to ending AIDS, especially among key populations, who are the furthest left behind in the HIV response.

We commend centering people and communities in the overall strategy and the clear commitment from the Global Fund to utilise it’s diplomatic voice in challenging barriers to progress, particularly criminalisation, stigma and discrimination, as well as the fostering of partnership approaches. 

27 August 2021

Over the last several months INPUD has collaborated with the World Health Organization (WHO) Department for Global HIV, Hepatitis and STI Programmes on a global qualitative study examining the values and preferences of key populations, including people who inject drugs, for HIV, Hepatitis and STIs services. The findings of this study will inform the update of the WHO 2016 Consolidated Guidelines for HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations, which are used to inform countries on the design and implementation of health packages for key populations (people who inject drugs, gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men, female, male and trans sex workers and trans people).

As one of the four key population networks included in the study, INPUD conducted eight regional focus group discussions and ten semi-structured interviews with people who use drugs from 27 total countries, all held online using Zoom. Participants were recruited via INPUD's global network and the Regional Focal Points for the study. During the focus group discussions and interviews, participants were asked a series of questions designed to gauge the values and preferences of their community regarding the delivery of HIV, Hepatitis and STI services. 

This report is a summary of our key findings that will be used to update the Consolidated Guidelines with the values and preferences of people who inject drugs.

31 August 2021

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global campaign that aims to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. It is an opportunity to stimulate discussion and action about evidence-based drug policies and decriminalisation. Initiated in 2001 in Melbourne, Australia, IOAD has since grown into a worldwide event occurring every year on August 31, where people and communities can come together to commemorate our loved ones and demand action to address the overdose crisis. 

There are several ways to participate in IOAD: