The agenda of the thematic segment of the 35th PCB pertaining to Halving HIV Transmission among People Who Inject Drugs can be viewed and downloaded (here).
The background document that will more or less be the backbone of and guide the entire thematic component of the 35th PCB is now out. The NGO Delegation convened an open civil society working group of close to 50 advocates, activists, and experts from the PWID community. This working group was instrumental to providing feedback on the outline of the background note as well as its 2 drafts. There is still much work to be done to ensure that the thematic component is reflective of the needs, realities, and challenges of the PWID community in the HIV response, including many successes. Please share, review, and comment.
UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation and International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) express satisfaction at the decision of the Global Fund Board to include Round 5 in the Transitional Funding Mechanism
Harm Redution International has launched the ‘Global State of Harm Reduction’, an online resource e-tool that contains up-to-date information on harm reduction policy and programming around the world. The tool covers:
The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) has published a report entitled: “Why wouldn’t I discriminate against all of them?'” A report on stigma and discrimination towards the injecting drug user community.
Raheem Janmohammad, a member of INPUD and the Afghan Drug User’s Group in Afghanistan, was unable to attend the UNAIDS meeting. NGO Delegate for Europe Mat Southwell read Raheem’s following personal account to the audience.
We are the forgotten dirt of Kabul city. We are never safe. We have nowhere to hide.
We live under extreme poor living conditions, hidden in the dirt of the riverbed in Kabul-city and even there they do not leave us alone. They chase us away, but we have nowhere to go. They try to beat harder, but they do not offer a solution. They tell us we belong under the ground.
Every week, the contra-narcotic police come to hunt for us. They beat us away and burn all our blankets and clothes. Even after so many years, they still don’t seem to understand that we are not there by choice; we have nowhere else to go. They only beat us harder and harder, we see more and more victims. From our situation there are two ways: Either we get an effective treatment, or we die under these circumstances. Right now, the ministry of Contra-Narcotics has blocked the only Methadone treatment in the country.
When somebody dies due to HIV, overdose or other preventable healthcare problems, the body often remains in the location for 2 or 3 days before the police will collect his corps. My friends and I arranged a funeral a few days ago. Then one day later, a policeman came to our shelter and said that I’m responsible for his death. I know he only wants money. I hope he will not come back, I don’t know if I’ll have enough money. We have been beaten many times by the police for defending the rights of our friends and we have to constantly deal with this cruel corruption. All we want is just to be treated as a human beings. We want a life of care, love and free of violence. We want this for every human being.
Irina Teplinskaya, from the Eurasian Network of People Who Use Drugs and INPUD, opened up the thematic session on ‘HIV and Enabling Legal Environments’ with a moving personal account of the discrimination she has faced as a drug user in Russia. You can read an extended version of her speech on the Rylkov Foundation website.
President of Ukraine
Yanukovych Viktor Fedorovych
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Re: Stop the harassment and abuse of substitution therapy and HIV patients in Ukraine
We are concerned about recent information that hundreds of clients receiving opioid substitution therapy and NGOs that are supporting programmes providing opioid substitution therapy in Ukraine are facing harassment and abuse from state authorities after the Ministry of Interior’s drug enforcement department ordered comprehensive inspections of harm reduction programmes on 18 January 2011.