News from South Africa

NSP services in Durban are back in business...

After 2,5 years of continuous lobbying by our partners, TB HIV Care and other stakeholders in the harm reduction field, such as NACOSA, the NSP, recommenced services on Monday 29th of June 2020.

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Track record harm reduction in South Africa

The Bridging the Gaps programme published a track record case about the introduction of harm reduction in South Africa. This concise and powerful document describes the early stages of harm reduction when it was first initiated in the country in 2015, the importance of the approach and the results that were established thus far.

Read the track record here

South African Drug Policy Week 

Using momentum created by the UNGASS 2016, and in order to spark a debate on drug policies, TB/HIV Care organised the “RUN2016 South African Drug Policy Week” 1-4 February 2016 in Cape Town. The event counted with the presence of local and international experts, government and civil society.

The discussions focused on the nature and drivers of drug use and evidence based policies, and resulted in recommendations for the need to review South African drug policy. The event received funding from Mainline, among others. A 2017 SA Drug Policy Week is already being planned. Read more 

Human Rights Violations Reports
Since 2015, TB/HIV Care has been documenting human rights violations towards PUDs. The data generates a quarterly report that is used for advocating for the promotion of the rights of people who use drugs.

The data displayed in the reports help to sensitise organisations and institutions such as law enforcement agencies and health service providers to the needs of PUD, while promoting integration between these stakeholders. 

Read the report of the 3rd quarter of 2016

South Africa:
Pre-conference on drugs use and hiv

On the 9th of June 2015, local and international drugs experts gathered in Durban to discuss the issue of drug use and HIV. Read more

Human Rights for people who use drugs
TB/HIV Care and OUT Well-being, have established the first needle and syringe programmes. But services can only reach drug users when the environment is safe for them.

An important focus is to improve the human rights of drug users. Read our report:
'Human rights in South Africa'

Mainline in the scene in South Africa
We visited our South African country partners TB/HIV Care and OUT. On the agenda was the training of outreach teams in Durban, Pretoria, and Cape Town to support and empower drug users. In addition, Mainline went out in the scene with the three South African teams.
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Harm reduction in South African media!
As part of advocacy efforts, our partners in South Africa have been spreading the word around harm reduction and drug policy reform in South Africa.

Some links to interesting articles and interviews they have been busy with:

Training on OST
Mainline recently delivered a training on Opiate Substitution Treatment (OST) to South African outreach workers, together with our local partners. Training focused on understanding the medical aspects of OST and possibilities of psychosocial assistance for OST clients.

The training was planned to support the activities of the 3 new OST pilots starting in 2017 in Durban (Kwazulu Natal), Cape Town (Western Cape) and Pretoria (Gauteng). Read more

Workshop: The end of AIDS in 2030
Together with our partner TB/HIV Care, Aidsfonds and KNCV, Mainline organized a workshop at the Dutch national conference on STI's, HIV an Sex (December 1th, 2015). The conference is a yearly event in honour of World AIDS Day. Read more

Coaching on the job in South Africa
Jos Luteijn - trainer for Mainlines international team - coached three South African teams of outreach workers ‘on the job’ in March 2016. A short interview tells us what he did and why.
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Mainline visits South Africa
In March 2020, four Mainliners visited South Africa. We combined several exciting and important activities: two trainings, an assessment among peer workers and a special video project. Read more

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