16 - 20 November, 2020

In response to the pandemic 47 countries have offered take home OAT doses or delivery. As lockdown measures are lifted some states have rolled back these policies despite evidence showing they were an essential part of keeping people who use drugs safe and healthy during the pandemic. We demand take home OAT be adopted as an ongoing policy, and states which have yet to implement this should make it a priority.

Hashtag of the week: #TakeHomeOAT
Please use this along with #PeersInThePandemic and #HarmReduction all week



Sample social media text:

  • 47 countries implemented #TakeHomeOAT during the #COVID19 pandemic. Don’t let them roll it back #PeersInThePandemic #HarmReduction
  • #TakeHomeOAT can significantly improve the health of people who use drugs during & after #COVID19. Expand & Maintain #OAT NOW #PeersInThePandemic #HarmReduction
  • #TakeHomeOAT is a PRIORITY for ME #HomeRun4OAT #PeersInThePandemic
  • Fulfilling right to health obligations means permitting #TakeHomeOAT. Protect the health rights of people who use drugs NOW #PeersInThePandemic #HarmReduction

Relevant data collected from INPUD's peer research on COVID-19.

9 - 13 November

We demand that states firmly declare support for harm reduction programmes by declaring these services as essential, ensuring they remain open during lockdowns, and directing public health funding towards the maintenance, delivery and expansion of services.

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Hashtag of the week: #HarmReductionIsEssential
Please use this along with #PeersInThePandemic and #HarmReduction all week



Sample social media text:

  • Any service which saves lives is essential. #HarmReductionIsEssential #PeersInThePandemic
  • #HarmReductionWorks: countries which declare #harmreduction essential during #COVID19 have a measurable decrease in overdose deaths #PeersInThePandemic #HarmReduction
  • Closing down #harmreduction services during #COVID19 can leads to spikes in #overdose and #HIV #HarmReductionIsEssential #PeersInThePandemic
  • #COVID19 has confirmed what we already knew: #HarmReductionIsEssential #PeersInThePandemic #HarmReduction

Relevant data collected from INPUD's peer research on COVID-19.

1 November, 2020

Today is International Drug Users’ Day, where the global community of people who use drugs comes together to celebrate our history and affirm our rights. Twelve years ago today INPUD was formally launched on International Drug Users’ Day by drug user rights activists seeking to create an international platform where members of our community could confidently and proudly advocate for the health and human rights of people who use drugs globally. Every year since, we have marked this day with a celebration of our diverse, vibrant communities’ accomplishments, while also acknowledging our work is more critical than ever.

9 November - 11 December, 2020

#PeersInThePandemic is a global campaign calling for reforms to harm reduction and treatment systems in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to download the entire #PeersInThePandemic Campaign Advocacy Guide.

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COVID-19 has exposed the failure of our health systems to adequately provide the services and care people need. As is too often the case in times of crisis, people who use drugs have been particularly at risk as harm reduction services have been closed, defunded or made inaccessible in a pandemic environment. This has been particularly troublesome on peer-led programmes as lockdown measures have increased the threat of criminalisation.

Despite these barriers people who use drugs have looked after each other during the pandemic, providing essential care and services to meet the needs of communities where the state is absent. Advocacy by peer-led groups has resulted in some states adopting harm reduction policies championed by the community for decades. As we continue to navigate the realities of a COVID-19 environment, it is imperative that these reforms are maintained and expanded during the remainder of the pandemic and beyond. 

22 October, 2020
Out in the cold Community-led services abandoned as donor funding declines in Kyrgyzstan

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In January of 2019 Kyrgyzstan, already facing declining donor funding for the HIV response, had the services of their three community-led, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) put to an end due to the cease of funding from the country’s Global Fund (GF) programme. This sudden change left the community of the most marginalised people who inject drugs and people living with HIV with interrupted access to services and changes in service quality.

In April of 2019, the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD), with support from the Community Rights and Gender Technical Assistance Programme (CRG), decided to investigate the situation to identify measures that might be taken to ensure access to needed services. On top of that, the investigation also intended to learn any lessons that might be relevant to Kyrgyzstan and other middle-income countries facing similar reductions in donor funding and slow implementation of social contracting. 

'Out in the Cold' is the result of this work, presenting the findings of an international and local consultant who conducted interviews and focus groups with people who use drugs in Kyrgyzstan to gain an understanding of the situation. The investigation uncovered a number of core lessons from the situation, to which the report provides a number of recommendations: