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Author
Deany, Paul
Title
Drug-related HIV Risk, Livelihoods & Communities in Asia
Description of Work
Report on the UNDP Sponsored Session at the 12th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm New Delhi, India 1-5 April 2001 (2 parts)
Imprint
UNDP - United Nations Development Programme, 2001
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Compiled by Paul Deany of the Centre for Harm Reduction, Burnet Institute, Australia for UNDP Regional HIV and Development Project South & South West Asia and Southeast Asia sub-regions. Reproduced with kind permission of the UNDP.

Abstract

"More than fifteen years of trying to combat the HIV/ AIDS epidemic have taught us that it cannot be treated in isolation as a health issue alone. It is also a social issue with many human factors that determine and impact the course of the epidemic. Where people are struggling to survive, are denied basic rights, are treated as outcasts on the edges of society they become more vulnerable to exposure to HIV, through their own behaviour and that of others. Often young people who are drug users not only expose themselves to risk of HIV but also their sexual partners, fellow drug users and families. Often away from home, struggling to survive and marginalised, substance abuse is a reality that fuels the epidemic among poor people. It is, therefore, essential to understand the context of people's realities and vulnerability and to place them at the centre of responses to contain the epidemic. Across the region NGOs and others have been exploring innovative responses to these challenges. Some of the most effective responses draw on the strengths of communities to reduce both the harm related to drug use and the associated stigma and discrimination. At the 12th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm the UNDP HIV and Development Projects for South and South West Asia (SSWA) and Southeast Asia (SEA) sponsored a special session to bring together practitioners and researchers whose experience and analysis throw light on the linkages between drug related HIV risk and development issues. This report brings the presentations made at the session to the wider audience of all those concerned with HIV vulnerability in Asia, and explores some of the key issues raised by the nexus between injecting drug use, HIV and development. "

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  • Deany, Paul, Drug-related HIV Risk, Livelihoods & Communities in Asia - Part 2: Report of the UNDP Sponsored Panel Session, Report on the UNDP Sponsonsored Session at the 12th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm New Delhi, India 1-5 April 2001 (2 parts), UNDP - United Nations Development Programme, 2001, 37 pp. [ PDF File | Details... ]