The four days were filled with sessions, presentations, meetings, events and workshops — discussing and debating the latest research findings, best practice guidelines, policy developments and advances in harm reduction programming worldwide. Professor Kazatchkine emphasised the need for drug policy reform and the decriminalisation of drug use as part of a public health approach — a point that was raised throughout the conference. This statement of intent from a senior international policy maker was received with a standing ovation from the delegates and attracted a great deal of media interest from around the world. The Opening Session speeches also highlighted the huge discrepancy which exists between the identified resources that are needed for global harm reduction, and the current level of global funding — an issue which gained much attention during the rest of the conference. This was followed by the first Major Sessions of the conference — a session on tuberculosis services organised by the World Health Organization , a session on compulsory drug treatment organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the International Harm Reduction Development programme, and a session on methamphetamine use in Asia. The Tuesday afternoon included a lunchtime session and Concurrent Session dedicated to harm reduction developments in the host country.
Harm Reduction and HIV/TB Health Promotion Services for people who inject and/or use drugs
Bangkok | Harm Reduction International
The Asian Harm Reduction Network AHRN -Myanmar is an International Non-Governmental organization, which is implementing a harm reduction programme to reduce HIV transmission among people injecting drugs, their sexual partners and the communities they live in by providing support to implementation of harm reduction interventions and to create an enabling and supporting environment through advocacy, capacity building, training and service provision. Training, visits, expansion of activities, INGOs regulations and etc. Applications should address all Selection Criteria, and should include a cover letter along with a copy of current Curriculum Vitae listing two referees and their complete contact details i. Or e-mail to ahrnvacancy gmail. Jump to. Sections of this page.
Harm reduction in Asia and the Pacific: an evolving public health response
AHRN has delivered services under different funding mechanisms and has acquired a good reputation. AHRN has comprehensive service provisions. It is currently the only provider in Myanmar that offers TB and Malaria screening and treatment services to its clients.
More than two decades ago, attention was called to the uncontrolled spread of injecting drug use in many Asian countries and the virtually unnoticed but rapid spread of HIV among those who were injecting [ 1 ]. It was pointed out that constantly changing trafficking routes from the Golden Triangle were exposing new populations to the use and subsequent injecting of heroin, that these populations were forming the fertile ground for explosive but largely silent epidemics of HIV and that there were structural and other reasons why these epidemics would prove difficult to control. It was called an evolving public health crisis; the authors concluded that. Vigorous efforts are urgently required at both a national and international level to raise awareness of the consequences of an uncontrolled epidemic of HIV among IDUs in Asian and other countries, and to support the implementation of policies which are likely to reduce the spread of HIV [ 1 ]. The initial challenge to the public health community was to gain acknowledgment of the existence of both epidemics—of drug injecting and of HIV among people who were injecting.