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  1. Confronting the reality: drug policy, young people who use drugs and a need for evidence-based interventions in Nigeria

    Nigeria, situated in West Africa with a population of about 178 million people, is the most populous African Nation. Over 60 per cent of this population are young people, hence the country can be described as youthful which is a crucial resource for growth and development. Like many West African countries, the country has a long history in being a trafficking route for illicit drugs from the major producing countries such as Latin America and Asia to the thriving European and North American market. …

  2. The impacts of drug policies on children and young people

    As member states of the United Nations take stock of the drug control system, a number of debates have emerged among governments about how to balance international drug laws with human rights, public health, alternatives to incarceration, and experimentation with regulation. This series intends to provide a primer on why governments must not turn a blind eye to pressing human rights and public health impacts of current drug policies.

  3. In or Out? Asia-Pacific review of young key populations in national AIDS strategic plans

    To better understand how countries are tackling the HIV epidemic among young key populations, a number of agencies agreed to partner to investigate how these groups were being addressed in national AIDS strategic plans in the Asia-Pacific region. This report is the outcome of this effort, and aims to inform country-based reviews and progress reports of current NSPs, and the development of future plans with greater attention to these populations. …

  4. New Treatment gives hope to East Africa's drug users

    This article is about the national methadone project launched in the United Republic of Tanzania -- the first mainland sub-Saharan country to launch such a program -- as part of a battle to fight heroin addiction and HIV infection. Heroin users contribute to the HIV pandemic in Tanzania by needle sharing, therefore, the idea behind the methadone project is to safely ween heroin users off of the drug. The program is funded by the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, as a response to Tanzania's growing epidemic of people who inject drugs. …

  5. National strategic plan for most at risk populations 2011-2015

    The Ghana Most At Risk Population strategy 2011-2015 has been developed to provide a framework for the implementation of a comprehensive package of services designed specifically to reach four MARP subgroups, Female Sex Workers (FSW), Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), Injecting Drug Users (PWID) and Prisoners. The goal of the strategy is to reach 80% of all identified MARP by 2015 with a comprehensive package of HIV prevention, protection, treatment, care and support service that is evidence based, accessible and acceptable to the specific groups. …

  6. Harm reduction strategy for IDU (injecting drug use) and HIV/AIDS prevention in Afghanistan

    To goal of this strategy is to reduce drug-related health and social harms among individuals, families and communities in Afghanistan. The specific objectives are: To reduce the vulnerability of problem drug users and their families to HIV infection; To reduce the vulnerability of problem drug users and their families to Hepatitis B, C and syphilis; To reduce the risk of the spread of HIV and other blood borne diseases to the general population; To provide services to IDUs that will reduce the risk of HIV transmission.

  7. Injection drug use in Ukraine: the challenges of providing HIV prevention and care

    This report provides: - an overview of people who inject drugs and the HIV and AIDS situation in Ukraine; the Ukrainian Government policies and approaches; the role of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; the US role in Ukraine; recommendations to address prevention, care, and treatment needs among people who inject drugs and their sexual contacts.

  8. VIH-SIDA en América Latina desde la perspectiva social

    Estudio sobre la respuesta al VIH en diez países de América Latina: Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Perú y República Dominicana. Se analiza la situación desde el punto de vista de políticas públicas, de salud y respeto a los derechos de las personas afectadas y/o grupos vulnerables. Se destacan avances y problemas, además de la actuación de la sociedad civil. El texto aporta los resultados del análisis de estudios realizados entre abril y agosto del 2008. Los ámbitos de la respuesta analizados corresponden a: 1. …

  9. Drug use and HIV vulnerability: policy research study in Asia

    Drug use and HIV vulnerability: policy research study in Asia

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