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Collaboration between two Mainline partner organisations in Indonesia

Harm reduction organisation Karisma and Sex-Workers project OPSI started a collaboration in Jakarta. During the harm reduction pilot for meth users in 2016, Karisma experimented with different peer-driven outreach strategies to establish contact with hidden sub-groups of meth users. Read more


Minister Koenders 4 Harm Reduction!

Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs (in white), Mr Bert Koenders, visited Indonesia at the end of March. He met with PKNI: the national network for people who use drugs. Minister Koenders was keen to learn what the current state of affairs is for harm reduction in Indonesia.

PKNI gave him the latest news on needles and syringe programmes in Indonesia, the increased popularity of crystal meth and the absence of services for meth users as well as about the state of opioid-substitution treatment in the country. Minister Koenders expressed a great concern for the increased criminalisation of drug users and other key populations in Indonesia.

According the Minister Koenders:

‘further repression and criminalisation will result in a backlash in HIV and Hepatitis C prevention, care and treatment.

These policies cause drug users to go into hiding, which will only make their societal position and health deteriorate even more’.


Without the right solution for the worldwide drug challenge, we cannot stop HIV
From 19 till 21 April 2016, nearly 200 UN member states came together to discuss the solution for the ‘world drug problem’. Read the interview with Edo, the national coordinator of PKNI, one of Mainlines partners in Indonesia.

We asked him: 'What would be the solution to the ‘world drug problem’?' Edo: The punitive approach must end. The leaders of the world should develop a new strategy that takes into account development, public health and human rights – a humane drug policy.
Read the interview 




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Crystal meth:
Piloting harm reduction for shabu users in Indonesia

Crystal meth is a popular drug in Indonesia. Recent years have seen an increase in the number of people who use meth, locally known under the street name shabu. However, so far, harm reduction services don’t target meth users. Mainline and local partner Karisma started an innovative pilot in Indonesia to change this.
Read more

Read also the Sober Facts report on 'Crystal meth in Indonesia'


Video by PKNI, one of Mainline's partners in Indonesia

Video from PKNI

PKNI is a network organisation of people who use drugs in Indonesia. The organisation actively speaks out against the war on drugs in Indonesia. This video shows the punitive consequences of government’s policy on the community of people who use drugs.




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project leader Indonesia: Hatun Eksen


Mainline's sober facts on...

Read here interesting reports from our local partners in Indonesia:

1. Chrystal meth use in Indonesia

2. The obligation to report in Indonesia

 

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