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3rd Annual Jude Byrne Award Opens Applications on International Women’s Day

To coincide with International Women’s Day, INHSU (International Network on Health and  Hepatitis in Substance Users) and INPUD (International Network of People Who Use Drugs) have announced the opening of applications for the 3rd Annual Jude Byrne Emerging Female Leader Award. “For the third year we’re proud to celebrate and support two female-identifying recipients in recognition of their contribution to the community of people who use drugs,” explains Judy Chang, Executive Director of INPUD.

Applications for the award open on March 8th, International Women’s Day, and close at 5:00pm Pacific time on the 5th of April. You can self-nominate, or nominate another person who you feel deserves recognition for their service to the community of people who use drugs. Find out more and apply here.

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

Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) engagement – a technical brief

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.

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International Drug Users Day 2023

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) Guide for People who Use Drugs

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.

Communities at the Centre: A report back on the experiences of key populations in the Global Fund Grant Cycle 7

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.

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Community Power – ENPUD and INPUD partnership to help people who use drugs in Ukraine

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.

Watch video here

The Harm Reduction Worst and Best Practice publication now available

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.

Read more here

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