ANPUD, through this project, will focus in achieving the two specific objectives:
- Build the capacity of country coordination mechanism (CCM) members representing people who use drugs (PUD) constituency aiming to strengthen their engagement in CCM processes and to enhance constituency’s communication mechanism.
- Strengthen country network and their advocacy initiatives through the implementation of IDUIT.
Specific objective 1, because meaningful engagement of representatives of people who use drugs (PUD) at the CCM has been repeatedly identified as a neglected issue in most of the countries in South and Southeast Asia region. This objective addresses the lessons learned from the implementation of the Global Fund Robert Carr Network Fund (GF RCNF), in which, PUD CCM members reached out during the regional and country training described how their term as a CCM member had become futile due to lack of proper knowledge, capacity and mechanisms to perform the role.
Specific objective 2, because strengthening the network and advocacy are ANPUD’s mandate. The launch of the ‘Implementing Comprehensive HIV and HCV Programmes with People Who Inject Drugs: Practical Guidance for Collaborative Interventions’, popular as IDUIT is a milestone that signifies the meaningful engagement and well addresses the needs of people who use drugs; however, country networks must be able to localize and advocate for its adoption in order to have the impact IDUIT intends to have. Rollout of the IDUIT is also strategic in terms of complementarity with the existing Global Fund regional and country grants. ANPUD as a sub-recipient, under the regional harm reduction advocacy project [led by India HIV/AIDS Alliance] will develop a community-led quality monitoring tool for the harm reduction services. The monitoring tool will cover the entire proposed project countries with support from another Global Fund regional project [led by Save the Children (SCI)] that is expected to be rolled out from January 2018.