Statements, Events, Announcements, Presentations
- November 2020 Announcement: G Charanjit Sharma has been requested to speak (opening remark) as community rep in the recent GPC ministerial meeting.
- The Global HIV Prevention Coalition was established in October 2017, with the aim " to strengthen and sustain political commitment for primary prevention by setting a common agenda among United Nations Member States, donors, civil society organizations and implementers. With countries and communities at the centre, the GPC seeks to ensure accountability for delivering prevention services at scale in order to achieve the targets (HIV reductions and to End AIDs by 2030).
GPC Opening remarks – Charan Sharma
Good afternoon from Delhi, Namaste!
Mr/Ms Chairman, honourable Minister of health, respected Executive Director of UNAIDS and Global Fund, distinguish delegates, ladies and gentlemen and most importantly my peers of people who use drugs and other key population!
It is indeed a remarkable moment for the community of PWID to have the privilege and opportunity to share few words for this important meeting today – believe me this happens very rarely to be amongst the important personalities for an opening remark for a PWID rep – truly and sincerely thank GPC for this.
I have been part of the NACO program since 2000 but on the other side of the fence, receiving NSP and OST. Prevention strategies have evolved over the years as patterns and usage of drugs has change so as the need to address it. Besides the traditional implementation social media is also playing an important role in an attempt reach the last mile – leave no one behind or 90:90:90.
No doubt treatment as prevention is effective strategy and we are looking forward to community based test and treat, self-testing, sporadic increase in mobile van providing OST (Buprenorphine/Methadone), newer ways to increase access to ART and care. The NACO has done commendable efforts of reaching out to ensure care support treatment and harm reduction services are accessible and uninterrupted leading to controlling and bringing down the prevalence of HIV among PWID and other KPs. The community voice and participation has been key to the success of the response in India, and we need to continue to strengthen it and will continue to do so to strengthen the national response.
Said that, let me share something interesting; number of PWID/PWUD are increasing so as the countries. 179 of 206 countries and territories reported of PWID estimate of 15.6 million (31 new compared to 2008 – so it was 148 about 12 years back). Of that 17.8% HIV & 52.3% HCV with 58% history of incarceration.
PWID, already stigmatized and discriminated population COVID19 added another layer compounding the existing situation more challenging. The community along with the National AIDS Control program, UNAIDS and other development partners ensured essential services are delivered to the community - ART, OST, NSEP, Naloxone even at the door step. The State Drug User forums continued to provide essential harm reduction services during this period. With multi month dispensing of ART and take home doses of OST uninterrupted services were ensured. It is important to mention that the role of the community has been exemplary in these difficult times.
Widespread criminalization and punishment of people who use drugs continues. It’s extremely difficult to get HIV and hepatitis C treatment to people when they are incarcerated, detained or hiding from services for fear of arrest – existing policies which hinders needs urgent DETOXIFICATION for friendlier new policies.
We need to urgently take a call to decriminalise drug use for personal consumption. How can we end AIDS or prevent Hep C when we can’t get HIV and Hep C treatment to the people who need it most? We can’t end HIV, Hep C until we scale up harm reduction and recognized community contribution. Without doubt, we witness drastic change when community is involved. The action, ownership, commitment, enthusiasm is explicitly evident that PWIDs are the frontline responders even before COVID 19, during COVID 19 and will continues to do so.
We need to seriously emphasis on meaningful engagement of PWID in programs at local, state, national, regional and global level to make more impact. Network/forum should be funded alongside with harm reduction program. Political commitment and domestic funding are crucial for HIV prevention program, we no longer only depend on GF or other donor institution. I would sincerely request and urge UNAIDS, GF, national HIV program to fund and support networks of PWID at local, state, national, regional and globally – lesson learnt during COVID. We are there to walk hand in hand to address the issues and concerns collectively and for this we need to draw a realistic plan for better corroboration & collaboration – you will not be disappointed.
There is no debate required that harm reduction certainly saves lives. I rest my case to the learned audience to decide!
- July, 2020: International Drug Users Remembrance Day Statement, 2020
- April, 2020: In the time of COVID-19: Civil Society Statement on COVID-19 and People who use Drugs
- March, 2020: Joint letter to the Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health on protecting and promoting the health of people who use drugs during COVID-19
- March, 2020: Suggerimenti per la Riduzione del Danno per #COVID19 (ItaNPUD)
- February, 2020: Joint statement from 100+ human rights groups urging the UN to take action to prevent two drug-related executions in Bahrain
- October, 2019: "We’re not there just yet: A joint statement on harm reduction and the Global Fund Sixth": Joint Statement from INPUD, Harm Reduction International, Eurasian Harm Reduction Association and International HIV/AIDS Alliance
- August, 2019: Joint Statement from Drug User Networks on International Overdose Awareness Day
July, 2019: Joint ANPUD and INPUD Statement on Raids on Offices of Anand Grover and Indira Jaising
April 2019: Dean Lewis - Remembering a Friend
November 2018: Statement - International Drug Users' Day
August 2018: INPUD Statement: Overdose Awareness Day
November 2017: Declaration of the Hepatitis Community: NO ELIMINATION WITHOUT DECRIMINALIZATION!
July 2017: INPUD Statement: Drug Users Remembrance Day
May 2017: The Montréal Declaration on the Right of People Who Use Drugs to Be Protected From State Sanctioned Violence
May 2017: INPUD at the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference 2017
March 2017: In Loving Memory of Raffi Balian
February 2017: Judy Chang Appointed as Executive Director of INPUD
July 2016: Drug Users Remembrance Day
July 2016: INPUD in Durban for AIDS2016
June 2016: 'INPUD is greatly saddened by the death of Anan Pun...'
June 2016: INPUD Support Don't Punish Statement
April 2016, UNGASS 2016 INPUD Statement
February 2016, INPUD Consensus Statement - Drug Reporter Film
December 2015, International Human Rights Day, 10th December 2015: a call to end violence against women who use drugs
July 2015, International Drug Users Remembrance Day, 2015
November 2014, International Drug Users' Day 2014 - 1st November: ‘Community. Solidarity. Empowerment.’
English links for International Drug Users’ Day:
INPUD-IDUD2014_Poster (Print PDF, 2.5 Mb) / INPUD-IDUD2014_Poster with_3mm bleed (Print PDF, 2.5 Mb)
INPUD-IDUD2014_Poster (Image PNG, 335 Kb)
INPUD_Statement_International_Drug_Users_Day_2014_01.11.2014 (PDF, 216 Kb)
INPUD_Statement_International_Drug_Users_Day_2014_01.11.2014.docx (Doc, 1.8 Mb)
плакат INPUD-IDUD2014-1_pyc (Печать PDF, 900 Kb)
плакат INPUD-IDUD2014-pyc (PNG, 612 Kb)
заявление INPUD МЕЖДУНАРОДНЫЙ ДЕНЬ ПОТРЕБИТЕЛЕЙ НАРКОТИКОВ 2014_01.11.2014 (PDF, 316 Kb)
заявление INPUD МЕЖДУНАРОДНЫЙ ДЕНЬ ПОТРЕБИТЕЛЕЙ НАРКОТИКОВ 2014_01.11.2014 (Doc, 1.8 Mb)
cartel INPUD-IDUD2014-esp (Imprimir PDF, 894 Kb)
cartel INPUD-IDUD2014-esp (PNG, 610 Kb)
declaración INPUD_esp_Día Internacional de las personas que usan drogas, 2014_01.11.2014 (PDF, 317 Kb)
declaración INPUD_esp_Día Internacional de las personas que usan drogas, 2014_01.11.2014 (Doc, 1.8 Mb)
affiche INPUD-IDUD2014 (Imprimer PDF, 890 Kb)
affiche INPUD-IDUD2014 (PNG, 609 Kb)
déclaration INPUD_Journée internationale des personnes qui utilisent des drogues_01.11.2014 (PDF, 607 Kb)
déclaration INPUD_Journée internationale des personnes qui utilisent des drogues_01.11.2014 (Doc, 1.5 Mb)
cartaz INPUD-IDUD2014 (Versão para impressão PDF, 896 Kb)
cartaz INPUD-IDUD2014 (PNG, 612 Kb)
Declaracao_INPUD_Dia Internacional Das Pessoas Que Usam Drogas 01.11.2014 (PDF, 1.5 Mb)
Declaracao_INPUD_Dia Internacional Das Pessoas Que Usam Drogas_01.11.2014 (DOC, 645 Kb)
- AIDS2014 Closing Session speech delivered by Eliot Albers, Perspectives from the Community of People who Use Drugs (25 July 2014) | PDF
- Launch of a new user led network in Tanzania, East Africa (June 2014) | PDF
- INPUD Statement at WHO Global Hepatitis Partners meeting, Geneva (28 March 2014) | PDF
- INPUD-ENPUD Statement on Crimea: Health and human rights crisis looming for people who use drugs in the Crimea (17 March 2014) | PDF (eng/pyc)
- INPUD Statement to Civil Society Hearing at CND High Level Segment (12 March 2014) | PDF
- INWUD/WHRIN Illicit Drug Use in Pregnancy: An Appropriate Response | PDF