The Meeting requests that the Commission at its seventy-first session consider, with a view to endorsing, the report of the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on HIV and AIDS, which was held in Bangkok from 28 to 30 January 2015
In 2014, ANPUD has agreed to partner with HIV/ AIDS Asia Regional Program (HAARP) in supporting the meaningful involvement of people who use drugs (PWUD) in all areas of harm reduction policy and program implementation. This includes developing skills of people who use drugs in Lao PDR, Cambodia and Vietnam through the development and implementation of capacity building activities (including training modules) in consultation with country stakeholders.
This article describes the development of harm reduction in South, South East and East Asia. In this article, Asia refers to twenty six countries stretching from Afghanistan in the west to China in the east. Except for a handful of small scale NGO run programs in a few countries in the 1990’s, harm reduction emerged late in the Asian region as a response to the threat of widespread HIV infection among people who inject drugs (PWID) and from them to their sexual partners and the general community.
ANPUD calls on all states in the Asia region to end their use of compulsory drug detention centres and to support the implementation of a variety of quality drug treatment options for PUD. There is an urgent need for the scaling up of human rights-based, evidence-informed and voluntary drug treatment including opioid substitution treatment, detoxification and rehabilitation services.
Research conducted by ANPUD in India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Nepal found that none of the health service providers who participated in the survey provided hepatitis C treatment, and most didn’t know where testing and treatment was available or how much it cost.
The present document, “A Strategy to Halt and Reverse the HIV Epidemic among People Who Inject Drugs in Asia and the Pacific, 2010–2015” can be a crucial tool. It is a call to action and a road map to ensure that the HIV and hepatitis epidemics among people who use drugs and their sexual partners in the Asia Pacific region will be halted. The strategy is designed to provide a regional framework, and it identifies issues and priorities and provides guidance to countries in the region for developing national strategic responses over the next six years. It shows the important link between halting the HIV epidemic and health and development, and will help countries achieve United Nations Millennium Development Goal 6 that calls for a halt and a reverse in the spread of HIV by 2015.
This advocacy strategy is informed by study investigation on the issues and barriers faced by PWID in relation to hepatitis C infection in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Nepal; and by an advocacy strategy planning and development worskhop held in Bangkok on 28th-30th November, 2011.
This document provide a detail recording of the first ANPUD meeting on the 16th and 17th October 2009 taking place in Somerset Lake Point, Bangkok, Thailand
Harm reduction refers to policies, programmes and practices that aim to reduce the harms associated with the use of psychoactive drugs in people unable or unwilling to stop.
Community Based Treatment refers to a specific integrated model of treatment for people affected by drug use and dependence in the community.