International Network of
People who Use Drugs
Global Health & Pandemic Preparedness – The Role of Decriminalisation of People Who Used Drugs in Preparing for a Pandemic
On January 16, 2024, INPUD held a webinar to discuss pandemic prevention, preparedness and response (PPPR), the WHO-led Pandemic Accord developments, and what this all means for country-level communities of people who use and inject drugs. This information brief summarises the salient issues discussed during the webinar as well as key messages and action steps for ongoing engagement and
The Global Fund Strategy 2023-2028 places more emphasis on community engagement and puts people and communities at the centre, and this principle should be embedded in one of its key instruments – a Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) and to be applied throughout Grant Cycle 7. One of the key principles of the CCM is to engage key populations in its processes in a way that allows their input and voices to be heard. Yet, people who use drugs are still rarely represented in national CCMs, and too often are excluded from decisions and discussions that impact our lives.
Every year on International Drug Users Day, people who use drugs all over the world celebrate our history and affirm our rights. INPUD was formally launched on International Drug Users’ Day 2008 by drug user rights activists seeking to create an international platform where members of our community could confidently and proudly advocate for the health and human rights of people who use drugs globally. Every year since, we have marked this day with a celebration of our diverse, vibrant communities’ accomplishments, while also acknowledging our work is more critical than ever.
Community-led monitoring (CLM) plays a vital role in advocating for the rights and well-being of communities of people who use drugs. This guide intends to provide a framework for people who use drugs to implement CLM in their countries, including a review of good practices, technical processes, confidentiality, and data safeguarding.
This joint community-led report ‘Communities at the Centre’ by INPUD, NSWP, MPact and GATE, reports back on the experiences of key populations in the Global Fund Grant Cycle 7 (GC7) focusing on Windows 1 and 2. It assesses what has worked well and identifies areas for continued improvement under the Global Fund’s GC7 and beyond.
People who use drugs are already marginalised and this is exacerbated during times of crisis. The ingenuity and resilience shown by the community of people who use drugs in Ukraine to provide harm reduction and critical services, is their way of honouring the dead by helping the living. In this video they showcase some of the work they have done.
In 2016, INPUD commissioned a project that used in-depth, qualitative interviews with twenty peer drug user activists and harm reduction specialists from a range of different countries to develop a comprehensive set of seventeen key harm reduction interventions based on ‘best and worst practices’ in these areas. The result was a “Harm Reduction Best Practices Tool Kit”, intended for harm reduction service providers around the world. The document focuses on three harm reduction interventions.
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