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Hanging by a Thread: Towards a Pandemic Agreement

April 2024

Ensuring People, Human Rights and Equity are at the Centre of the Pandemic Agreement

This strong document is INPUD’s most recent submission to the WHO-constituted Intergovernmental Negotiating Body, responsible for producing a Pandemic Agreement by May 2024. It presents the key issues for communities of people who use drugs for pandemic prevention, preparedness  and response.

INPUD’s critical response to the recent Revised Draft of the Agreement calls for “hard, actionable long-term commitment and political leadership to do things differently”, with an emphasis on responsibility, governance, monitoring, transparency and accountability. 

The submission restates INPUD’s commitment to strategies and services that are evidence-based, community-led, equity-focused and adequately funded. Key recommendations promote a spirit of solidarity, equity and access to person-centred health care, including advocating for human rights language to be mainstreamed throughout the Agreement and for significant inequities and barriers to be addressed to allow for adequate pathogen access and benefits sharing by Member States.