The past two years have seen progress and achievement for INPUD and our regional networks. We have been working hard to strengthen and develop our activities, focusing on our policy, advocacy, and programmatic work to promote the health and defend the rights of people who use drugs around the world. We have increased the organisation’s capacity to mobilise communities of people who use drugs around the world and bring their voices to the forefront of local, regional, and international debates around human rights and drug policy. Key highlights and achievements over the last two years include the following:
The International Network of People who use Drugs (INPUD) will be highly visible at the International Harm Reduction Conference in Montreal, Canada. To kick start the conference, we will be organising a one day Pre-conference. The morning will focus on sharing INPUD’s work over the last two years, where we will launch our three-year strategy and 2015-2016 Annual Report which serves to showcase INPUD’s work over a two-year period. The past two years has seen considerable progress and achievement for INPUD and our regional networks. We have been working hard to strengthen and develop our activities, focusing on our policy, advocacy, and programmatic work to promote the health and defend the rights of people who use drugs around the world. We have increased the organisation’s capacity to mobilise communities of people who use drugs around the world and bring their voices to the forefront of local, regional, and international debates around human rights and drug policy. The afternoon will then focus on the North American network of people who use drugs.
The HRI conference is an opportunity to raise the profile of drug policy and harm reduction issues from the community perspective, with a focus on the worrying opiate overdose epidemic which has already claimed more than 30,000 lives in 2016 in the United States alone. International drug user activists will participate in numerous sessions throughout the conference, notably during the drug users’ choice session.
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Implementing Comprehensive HIV and HCV Programmes with People Who Inject Drugs: Practical Guidance for Collaborative Interventions (the “IDUIT”)
This tool contains practical advice on implementing HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) programmes with people who inject drugs. It is based on recommendations in the WHO, UNODC, UNAIDS technical guide for countries to set targets for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for injecting drug users – 2012 revision and the Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations – 2016 update.
Topics covered include community empowerment, including building the capacity of organizations and networks of people who inject drugs; legal reform, human rights and addressing stigma and discrimination; health and support services for the comprehensive package of harm reduction interventions; service delivery approaches, including engaging people who inject drugs as programme staff and peer outreach workers; and programme management. The tool contains examples of good practices from around the world that can be used to support efforts to plan programmes and services with people who inject drugs.
The tool is designed for use by public-health officials, managers of HIV and harm reduction programmes, NGOs – including community and civil-society organizations – and health workers. It may also be of interest to international funding agencies, health policy-makers and advocates.
The International Network of People who use Drugs expresses our deepest condolences to the family members, friends and colleagues of our brother Raffi Balian, who was one of the true visionaries, and exemplary leaders of our movement.
We mourn the loss of one our most precious, dedicated, knowledgeable, and loving activists. Raffi embodied everything that a drug user leader should be; tirelessly advocating for our meaningful participation on the issues that affect our lives.
His contributions to our common movement in ensuring the health and human rights of people who use drugs are beyond measure. They include coordinating an internationally recognised peer-led harm reduction programme in Canada and the pioneering of many strategies that have saved countless lives in Toronto, Canada and across the world. His cooperation and collaboration with other like-minded activists resulted in the founding and success of peer-led networks such as INPUD. Raffi was a mentor and friend to many of those in our community, and his passing leaves a huge gulf in our hearts and our movement.
Raffi was a warrior for drug war peace. Due to his tireless leadership our movement has been made all the stronger and richer, and his legacy will live on in our continuation of the work he played a critical role in starting. Following in his steps, and in honour of his life and legacy, we will endeavour to continue the fight against the war on drugs, stop needless casualties in this war, end stigma and discrimination, challenge the pervasive judgment and devaluing of our knowledge and experience, and stand firm in our commitment in fighting for a more just world.
Love from INPUD
16 Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence against Women who Use Drugs, 25th November – 10th December 2016
Today, INPUD celebrates International Women’s Day 2017 and we highlight some of our work with Women who use Drugs around the world, sharing their stories. Women who use drugs are faced with elevated levels of stigma and violence from state and individual perpetrators. In all regions of the world, women who use drugs face unprecedented breaches of their basic human rights, including, among others, the right to health, the right to freedom from violence and discrimination, and the right to bodily integrity. We draw attention to the ways that harmful gender norms and gender inequality play out in the lives of Women who use Drugs.
Each year, from 25 November through 10 December (Human Rights Day), 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls aims to raise public awareness and mobilise people everywhere to bring about change. Women who use drugs have not previously been highlighted in this campaign. However, women who use drugs are subject to disproportionate rates of violence. Any advances in violence reduction among other more mainstream groups would be hollow if the most marginalised of women are left behind or excluded altogether.
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