Strengthening networks of people who use drugs in Nepal
People who use drugs are key in voicing the needs and concerns of their communities. Since the beginning of Bridging the Gaps, Mainline actively supports networks of people who use drugs, such as the National Users Network Nepal (NUNN) together with INPUD. Effective organisations by and for people who use drugs ensure involvement in advocacy and policy-making.
First drug user network in Pakistan
The 5th of May celebrated the launch of the first drug user network in Pakistan. The network will go by the name of DUNE.
The network is part of the Association of People Living with HIV (APLHIV) in Pakistan. APLHIV has been partner to the Bridging the Gaps programme since two years and has conducted an important study on the health and human rights situation of drug users in Pakistan.
Annual report 2014: Behind the front door
Mainline helps people and organisations worldwide to apply the harm reduction approach and to improve the quality of life of people who use drugs to a level worthy of human existence. Our activities range from needle exchange in Kenya, to human rights-focussed projects in South Africa and education about hepatitis C in Georgia. Our annual report provides a peek into Mainline’s sundry kitchen.
Read our annual report 2014 (english version)
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.
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.
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