Interesting reports from Mainlines partners abroad.
Guidelines and client participation in opioid substitution treatment (OST) in the Netherlands. A study by Maarten Beijer.
To create consistency in OST throughout the Netherlands, the Dutch Ministry of Health commissioned the development of the Guideline for Opioid Maintenance Treatment in 2006. The guidelines describe the diagnostics, adequate medication policy, several interventions and the patient’s perspective for OST. Maarten Beijer took a closer look.
Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia explored the patterns of meth use and related implications for HIV Risk behaviour among meth users in Jakarta, Medan and Makassar.
This detailed and critical report explores how the compulsory report (IPWL) system in Indonesia has addressed drug users’ human rights. It also assesses the effectiveness of IPWL from the client’s perspective.
This report - the result of an independent evaluation - holds significant proof that adherence rates among people who use drugs increase drastically after a short stay in a special HIV facility, even when they relapse into drug use.
The teams of outreach workers in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria (South Africa) have systematically documented human rights violations among People who Use Drugs under the Bridging the Gaps programme. The report reveals large numbers of serious human rights violations.
The stigma against women who use drugs is even more severe than it is against male drug users. Service providers in Kenya, such as ReachOut, Omari and MEWA, encounter women in their daily work and have assessed their special needs. This report offers concrete recommendations to make harm reduction services friendlier to women.
Biometric technology allows for efficient programming and improved quality of services. However, when working with key populations, there are concerns regarding privacy. Can biometrics be responsibly implemented when working with a key population such as People who Use Drugs?