|It’s early October, Mainlines Simon and Mac have joined the outreach team in Pretoria over two days. The need for harm reduction services in Pretoria is enormous, more than 7.000 people in Pretoria are homeless and many of them use drugs.|
|Missing the target in Pakistan |
|Nai Zindagi, in collaboration with the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) and Mainline, conducted research on the key barriers of access to HIV services and treatment for HIV+ people who inject drugs. The study is part of the Missing the Target (MTT) report series, a community monitoring initiative, which enables civil society advocates to monitor and advocate for HIV/AIDS services in their respective countries.|
|The first global overview about stimulant-related harm reduction|
|So far, most harm reduction services focus predominantly on people who inject opioids. Little evidence exists on effective harm reduction for people who use stimulants. This Mainline study provides the first global review into harm reduction interventions for stimulant users. Read the research report or the executive summary on our website. |
|Mainline doing fieldwork in Indonesia |
|Mainliner Nick Veldwijk left for Indonesia in October to join the outreach teams in Jakarta and Makassar for a two-month period. Questions like ' how can we support people who use meth' and 'how can we collect smart data and improve outreach', form the basis for his search. Nick informs you and us through his vlogs. This is the first vlog about his experiences.|
|An icy training in Vietnam|
|In September, International trainer Simon Williams went to Ho Chi Minh City to train members of local community based organisations. The goal of the training was to further improve the local outreach work for people who use methamphetamine – known locally as ice. Ice is a relatively new phenomenon in a country more known for vast production and consumption of opiates. For Simon, the trip to Ho Chi Minh was completed with a visit to the field to see the outreach teams in action. Read about Simon’s experience. |
|Rights in rehab: a study in Nepal|
|In many countries, People Who Use Drugs (PWUD) lack access to drug treatment. And the quality of rehabilitation services is frequently not up to international standards. What is worse, anecdotal evidence from Nepal includes punitive approaches and human rights violations in rehabilitation centres. Based on these signals, a study was set up to systematically collect evidence of the situation in 85 rehabilitation centres across Nepal. |
|A dream come true? A new drop-in centre opened in Cape Town|
|What do you dream of when you live on the streets in Cape Town, South Africa? Simple things are often dreamed about, so it turns out. Things like a safe place to stay. Human contact. Control over your surroundings. A place to reflect and to be yourself.|
As of July, a new drop-in centre for people who use drugs in Cape Town opened its doors. The centre is set-up and run by members of the Cape Town Network of People who Use Drugs (CANPUD). They – together with other service users – provided their input and ideas for this drop-in centre during a training that was organised by Mainline in 2017. After almost a year, the ideal safe space that was dreamed up during this training became a reality.
Services provided in the drop-in centre include activities for skills building, female dedicated time, art therapy, support and contemplation groups. The centre falls under the responsibility of TB/HIV Care Association that has made the move from the former location to a more homey and intimate location possible.
Want to witness this dream come true? Watch a short video here.