Four Patient groups of Nagaland filed a Public Interest Litigation(PIL) at the Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench on the 18th September 2018 on grounds demanding roll out of “prevention and treatment programs for Hepatitis C (HCV) in Nagaland” against the Nagaland Government and the Union of India.
Mr. Charanjit Sharma, from Manipur in North-East India, is the secretary of the Indian Drug Users Forum (IDUF). He is also involved with the India HIV/AIDS Alliance.
Being recently selected as a Civil Society Speaker out of 257 applicants, he, with his grassroot experiences, represented drug user community and addressed our issues at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem held during 19-21 April 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. He spoke in the 6th plenary along with 4 other Civil Society speakers from different parts of the world.
The verbatim script of his speech and video is published. Please go to time 2:28:50 to directly watch Mr. Charan’s speech.
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.