The RCNF project was approved for the consortium of INPUD (lead) and ANPUD. The RCNF grant supports the core cost needed for the ANPUD Secretariat, including human resources, rent and other office utilities, communication and audits. The support from the grant has been fundamental in strengthening ANPUD as a regional network, which has enabled us to perform our core activities grounded on networking, advocacy and resource mobilization to support both ANPUD and its country partners.
Major activities supported under this project are Annual Executive Board meeting and country support visits. However, it would be fair to mention that almost entire tasks performed by the secretariat (with or without cost implications) can be attributed to the project. The regional secretariat supported under this project invests their significant time and effort in managing the internal human resource, finance and communication system of ANPUD; maintaining the visibility of ANPUD in the regional and global fora; mobilizing resources to develop and strengthen both ANPUD and national networks; and consistently performing networking and advocacy works as laid down in the Strategic Plan of ANPUD.
Between 2016 and mid-2017, ANPUD convened two annual meeting of Boards (Thai Foundation and Executive Board). The monthly news bulletin ‘Flash’ and monthly secretariat updates were introduced that have been regularly posted to the ANPUD e-group since March 2016. The multi-country study on Women who Use Drugs (WUD) was launched and its phase 2 will continue till the end of 2017. The secretariat and representatives from the executive board participated in different regional and international meetings. The Regional Response Team (RRT) for the Philippines war on drugs was established in July 2016 and has been regularly meeting to plan and implement advocacy actions. In terms of resource mobilization, ANPUD submitted applications to six different calls for proposal with support from the UNAIDS TSF fund to hire consultants for proposal writing and the study on WUD.