The Netherlands supports harm reduction
The United Nations organise a special session (UNGASS) on the international drug conventions in 2016. Countries have the opportunities to speak out on different aspects of international drug policy during this meeting. The Netherlands published their point of view in a letter to Parliament.
Mainline is happy to see that the Netherlands unambiguously supports harm reduction. Their point of view will be put forward during the UNGASS. Holland chairs the European Union at the time of the UNGASS, in the first half of 2016. Mainline hopes their perspective holds extra strength. Harm reduction is still controversial in many countries and a powerful plea in favour of the approach is welcomed wholeheartetly.
A new project for people who use drugs in South Africa
Mainline recently partnered up with TB/HIV Care and OUT LGBT Well-being to set up harm reduction services in South Africa. The project, that is part of the Bridging the Gap programme, covers three cities: Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban.
Activities of paralegals are an important component to the project. Early February Mainline trained three teams of paralegals; one in each city. Focuse was on the question how paralegals can work to improve human rights on a very practical level.
News from Nepal: Buprenorhine as a substitute for heroin
In Nepal, an external evaluator looked into the Buprenorhine distribution at our partner Youth Vision. The report supports our Nepalese partners claim to success for their work.
Benefit from Buprenorhine as a substitute for heroin:
- Some clients said to have gained more stability in life.
- By maintaining a steady dose of Buprenorhine people reported to have found work or improved the relations they had with family members or partners.
- Other clients reported succesful decrease of dosage and managed in the end to stop the use of all substances.
Coming spring: presentation of a new GHB harm reduction tool
Last year Mainline conducted a large-scale study among GHB users in the Netherlands and Belgium. This coming spring Mainline will present a harm reduction tool to reduce the risk of passing out or overdosing on GHB. Read more
Nine ways of harm reduction through a human rights based approach
Harm Reduction is usually framed as a public health approach and a cost-effective way to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS and other infectious diseases like Hepatitis C and Tuberculosis. But harm reduction is in essence also a human rights approach!
The Bridging the Gaps programme allows organisations in nine countries to put human rights to practice in working with people who use drugs (PUD). This and more in the new edition of the Bridging the Gaps newsletter, read more
Webinar about harm reduction
Mainline and Health4Men joint forces on 30 October to introduce organisation that work with men who have sex with men to harm reduction.
Curious? Click here & listen to this webinar