Time to act confidently. INPUD and ENPUD community leaders have a meeting in Kyrgyzstan

The three countries’ obligations to support and finance communities of people who use drugs are:

  1. Countries have committed to making key changes by 2030 including for people who use drugs – UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  2. Countries committed to expand access to services including community-led services in the 2016 High Level Political Declaration on Ending AIDS. “Commit to build people-centred systems for health by strengthening health and social systems, including for populations that epidemiological evidence shows are at higher risk of infection and by expanding community-led service delivery to cover at least 30% of all service delivery by 2030”.
  3. The Outcome Document of the UNGASS on the World Drug Problem: Builds on International conventions that: Protect the rights of all people. Do not mandate the decriminalization of drug use. Expresses commitment to improve health of people who use drugs.

Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Estonia, Tajikistan, Russia, Romania,  Great Britain, Uzbekistan, Belarus. INPUD and ENPUD community leaders of people who use drugs have met to learn from each other and think together. The task is to get information about the obligations of our countries at the international level, and using IDUIT’s guidance on organizing programs for and, together with people who use drugs, to think about ways to make budgetary money available to support drop-in centers and monitor the satisfaction of services. How to influence on changes in drug policy and redistribute the costs of repression to programs of social and medical care.

International Network of People who use drugs and Eurasian Network of people who use drugs have organized the meeting. Eurasian Harm Reduction Association joined the training with resources to write an application and receive technical assistance for community-based research and assessment of the real community involvement in the development, implementation and evaluation of harm reduction programs. The skeleton of low-threshold quality services are community-based services. It is possible to assess the transition plan in terms of sustainability of programs for people who use drugs. This is one of the options of the Global Fund’s technical assistance program under the Community, Rights and Gender program. The Association took commitment to inform communities and civil society about this resource and help formulate the request. This is what exactly happening on 26 February to 2 March, 2018 in Kyrgyzstan.