Annual Report 2013

Mainline released its annual report for 2013. 

International training and seminars

Mainline has 15 years of experience in providing training and seminars worldwide. If you are interested to learn more about what Mainline has to offer, please read our new brochure.

Advocacy for human rights of People who Use Drugs

This study examines how and to what extent advocacy for human rights of People who Use Drugs is currently used and how humanrights advocacy can further improve the effectiveness of harm reduction strategies and services.
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Access to health care for drug users abroad

Two students at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam did research regarding this subject. One study focussed on sexual health and the other study focussed on Amphetamine use. Read more

Our International Department collaborates closely with local NGO’s that have considerable knowledge on the circumstances of drug users in their own country...

A drug-free world is a utopia and substance use a social phenomenon. These are a few points of departure for Mainline.

Vacancy: Project Officer (Kenya)

Mainline has a national and an international department. The two are closely interrelated and the international department feeds on the 25 years of field experience in the Netherlands.

For our work in Kenya, which is part of the Bridging the Gaps programme that is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we are looking for a project officer for our international department. This position is based in our Amsterdam office, but regular travel to Kenya is required.

Interested? Send your application before 17 May 2015.
The first round of interviews takes place on the 21st of May 2015 in the afternoon.

See our vacancy

Follow up for ART adherence with mobile technology

Our partner in Pakistan, Nai Zindagi, has launched a pilot for people who need aids inhibitors. After a stay in a special unit to initiate treatment for HIV/AIDS people return to their hometowns spread across Pakistan. Because of the long distances it is difficult for the Nai Zindagi to track people down and monitor their adherence to their medication. The pilot has therefore added a follow-up service through mobile phones. Nai Zindagi can now monitor whether people adhere to their treatment which former clients find work and whorelapses into drug use.  

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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.


Read the letter here

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.

Training paralegals
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.
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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.

Read more about the Youth Vision evaluation

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