|Our fight for harm reduction|
|For decades, the Netherlands was one of the most important funders of progressive, international drug policy and harm reduction programmes. However, recent funding decisions put an unexpected end to the investment in harm reduction.|
On 15 October, we offered our global sign on letter to the Dutch Members of Parliament. Will the Dutch MPs listen to the 330 organisations from 95 countries that signed on to this letter? We hope so!
We launched a campaign page (in Dutch) to explain the importance of the harm reduction field. We would really appreciate it if you leave a message to our MPs: you can give a shout out at the bottom of the page. The question says: what does harm reduction mean to you?
|Reducing harm in the work environment|
|Together with activists and peer- and outreach workers in South Africa, Mainline worked on a practical guide about involving peers in harm reduction work.|
This project was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) in South Africa. Mainline worked closely with peer workers, field staff, activists and those who use drugs to create recommendations to employ and manage peer workers. This guide reflects the perspective of peer workers and provides insight into their daily realities.
The result: a very practical guide that can help harm reduction organisations throughout the world to truly and meaningfully involve peers in their work. Click below to find the guide and more information.
|Multi-country study on harm reduction and community involvement|
|Funded by Bridging the Gaps, this study aimed to understand how the involvement of people who use drugs can influence the quality and availability of harm reduction services. The study took place in three countries - Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan and South Africa.|
Each country study was led by a team consisting of experts from the local community of people who use drugs and academic experts. The report with its recommendations can be found on our website and it is available in English, Bahasa Indonesia and soon in Russian.
|Resource mobilisation course – open access|
|The Bridging the Gaps programme designed an open access course in advocacy and fundraising. You can now follow the course online.|
The ten module course will teach you how to get more support and commitment from donors, decision makers and other stakeholders. The strategies and skills you develop will help you influence policies and regulations as well as secure financial resources for your organisation.
The topics include: proposal writing, creating a sustainable funding mix, framing convincing messages and knowing your change story. The course is currently available in English, Bahasa Indonesian, Russian and Vietnamese.
|The Global State of Harm Reduction 2020|
|In October, a new Global State of Harm Reduction edition has been published. It documents the world wide adoption of harm reduction policy, such as NSP's and opioid agonist therapies (OAT).|
The Global State of Harm Reduction is the only report that provides an independent analysis of harm reduction in the world. It is the most comprehensive global mapping of harm reduction responses to drug use, HIV and viral hepatitis.
The report can be downloaded and read in full or by chapter. Click below.
|Poppi releases shares and you can become co-owner|
|Forget ‘ ‘Climate Bonds’ (shares in green companies), you can now buy ‘Drug Bonds’. Poppi is releasing shares. |
That means you can become part owner of our beautiful museum and in time get a return on your investment. On our side, the shares provide us with capital to work on our next pop-up and to further build our museum into a profitable business. You get the first chance to opt-in!
All information can be found on our website. Questions are always welcome via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.