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.
We want to change society’s perception of drug users by empowering them to lead noble and productive lives and to contribute to society.
On August 5, 2016, Nepalese community of people who use drugs demonstrated a peaceful protest and urgently requested that the Government of Philippines and his Excellency President Duterte call an immediate halt to the extrajudicial killing of people, and entreat instead to set science-based standards for a healthy, productive, and prosperous Philippines. Please read their press release and the petition they submitted to President Duterte via the Consulate Office of the Philippines in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Recovering Nepal, National network of Drug Users and Drug led organizations (RN), conducted Protest against program of disseminating “Hepatitis Treatment Guideline for Nepal”. Protest against Technical Team, in-front health Minister to ensure inclusion of drug user’s community and key technical activist of civil society in Nepal.
Protest was a success: Technical team conceptually agreed to revisit the process and minister also reinforced to address the voices of Civil Society.
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.