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Hanoi field lab for stimulant harm reduction
October marked the start of a cutting edge new initiative. With the support of Open Society Foundation, Mainline and SCDI in Vietnam are building expertise to support people who use stimulant drugs. The core motivation to do so is the sharp rise in the use of crystal meth in the South Asian region and the lack of a coordinated harm reduction response.

Our shared ambition is to create a ‘field lab’: a learning hub where organisations from the region can experience in practice which interventions work for people who use ice. You can read more about this important initiative here.
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Poppi Museum: pushing forward
Mainline’s initiative Poppi: Drugs Museum Amsterdam is moving fast. After successfully completing our crowdfunding campaign in the summer, we’ve started to co-organise a number of interesting and diverse events. The Poppi agenda with upcoming events can now be found on the new website.

Behind the scenes, we are working hard towards several bigger expositions and events that will pop-up across town in the new year. We hope to organise our V.I.P. opening celebration of a first real Poppi-experience by springtime in 2020.

You can stay posted on Poppi’s adventures via Poppi’s newsletter, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and via the news section on our website. We hope to release a pilot Poppi-podcast this month.
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A new Vietnamese drug law in the making
As Vietnam is working towards creating a new drug law, it is of the utmost importance to ensure the inclusion of a perspective on human rights and public health. Two major advocacy events took place in Vietnam in October. Nick Veldwijk and Mac Busz where there to share Mainline's views.

The first was a conversation with the Social Committee of the National Assembly that was organised by SCDI on 15 October. A second meeting took place on 16 October and targeted a group of 40 Vietnamese journalists. During the press conference, experts were invited to speak about best practices.

Read the article about these events in Vietnam here.
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New board member: Jantien Manders
Mainline is proud to announce our new board member: Jantien Manders. Jantien will function as Mainline’s new treasurer. Currently Laboratory Manager at Amsterdam UMC, Jantien has a strong track record in finance and program management. Jantien has worked in various positions in the health sector, which makes her an inspiring and important addition to Mainline’s board.

Jantien will replace Laetitia de Leede; who has served Mainline for over 12 years. We would like to extend our enormous gratitude to our well-respected friend Laetitia: thank you for sharing your expertise, your loyalty and for helping build Mainline to be the organisation it is today!
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