This report outlines the key proceedings of the Training of Trainers (ToT) organised by ANPUD on organisational Development and Advocacy. The training was held from 22 to 25 August 2017 at Hotel Column, Bangkok, Thailand and was attended by twenty-seven participants from Cambodia, India, Vietnam, Nepal, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
One of the unintended consequences of international drug control is the way we perceive and deal with the users of drugs that have been made illegal. A system appears to have been created in which those who fall into the web of dependence find themselves excluded and marginalized from the social mainstream, tainted with a moral stigma, and often unable to find treatment, even when they may be motivated to want it.
This case study explores learnings generated during the establishment of Nepal’s national opioid substitution therapy (OST) programme, a process which has been led by the government of Nepal and Nepalese civil society organisations with support from German Development Cooperation and other international development partners.
In the letter, 131 organizations including human rights and drug policy reform groups have demanded Apple to immediately remove apps (games) that are promoting murder, extrajudicial killings, violence, and the war on drugs in the Philippines.
Anand spoke along with five other panelists at a session titled “Dying Democracy: A Public Forum on the War on Drugs and Human Rights in the Philippines” that was organized by the Advocacy Network Against Killings in the Philippines (ANAK) on October 5, 2017 at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand in Bangkok.
A systematic review and meta-analysis, conducted to inform the new World Health Organization (WHO) Consolidated Guidelines, found Dolutegravir superior to standard dose Efavirenz for both viral suppression and discontinuation rates.
In this issue of JAIDS, Verdery and colleagues report a social network study of persons who inject drugs (PWID) in 2 cities in the Philippines.
On April 30, 2017, ANPUD issued a letter of support expressing gratitude and solidarity for the stand taken by Senator Leila De Lima to protect human rights and save lives of people who use drugs in the Philippines. Duterte plotted against her and got her arrested to supress her. She has been unrelentingly fighting to stop the war on drugs in the Philippines while she is in prison. As a response to ANPUD’s letter of support, she returned to us with her inspiring letter.
As the world approaches the midway point between the 2014 launch of the 90–90–90 targets and their December 2020 deadline, UNAIDS has reviewed the progress made. This has been done with the support of national AIDS programmes, which report data annually to the United Nations and the guidance of national programme managers, researchers and other experts within the UNAIDS Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) on 90–90–90.
DPNSEE initiative for 2017 is creation of a glossary of terms related to the problem of drugs that we hope
will contribute to better understanding the drug problem in more empathic manner.