Pioneers in prevention
Mainline has a new annual report. A fancy one this time, in which you can find more than just numbers. Mainline celebrated its 20th birthday in 2010, but was too busy to spend a lot of time thinking about that. Improving substance users' health and quality of life still requires all of our attention. In the Netherlands as well as abroad. In the new annual report you can read about the exchange of information between legal experts from the Netherlands and from Georgia that Mainline organised. Or about the work the Indonesian organisation Laras did in 2010, with support from Mainline. And of course about the outreach work in the Netherlands itself. Because that is still where Mainline's strength lays: in translating signals from the street to projects at home and abroad.
New project in South Africa
It has been known for many years that a great number of people in South Africa suffer from HIV. In addition, drug use is very prevalent. It is lesser known that many gays in South Africa also use intravenous drugs with often serious consequences.
Therefore, Mainline (the Netherlands) has collaborated with Schorer (the Netherlands) and Health4Men (South Africa) to put this hidden problem on the agenda. It is their aim to reduce transmission of HIV and hepatitis B and C through HIV-prevention and harm reduction strategies. The harm reduction strategies are of a biomedical, behavioural and structural nature.
The goal is to reduce damage caused by drug use by MSM (Men who have Sex with Men) and to minimize their chances of HIV and hepatitis B and C infections. Eventually this project will produce a model that can be replicated and upscaled to a large scale. It starts in May 2011 and runs until April 2013.