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    The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) was established in 1992 to serve as an umbrella organisation to support and coordinate the efforts of non-governmental and other organisations working on HIV/AIDS issues in Malaysia

    Malaysian Ministry of Health

    In an effort to prevent the spread of HIV infection among People who Inject Drugs (PWIDs), the Ministry of Health has embarked on ambitious Harm Reduction Programmes with two key initiatives, Needle Syringe Exchange Programmes (NSEP) and Methadone Maintenance Therapy (MMT).

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    This year’s conference will be held at the Royale Chulan Hotel which is situated in the in the heart of Kaula Lumpur

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International Video Series

Create your own video short explaining what makes you a harm reduction advocate as part of our online video project that aims to increase the voice of the harm reduction community

The Indivior International Harm Reduction Film Festival 2015

Call for submissions is open now until Friday August 14th, 2015 for the Indivior International Harm Reduction Film Festival 2015

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Speakers Profiles



  • Sunday October 18 2015
    • 3:30PM - 5:00PM
        Anand Grover, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health
        Minister of Health, Malaysia
        Rick Lines, Harm Reduction International
        Datuk Raj Karim, President of the Malaysian AIDS Council
        Maria Phelan, Harm Reduction International
        Mahd Razali Bin Ayub, WARDU/ANPUD
  • Monday October 19 2015
    • 9:00AM - 10:30AM
      • Plenary 1: Leadership in Transition

        Location: PLENARY ROOM

        This session will discuss the retreat of international donor support from harm reduction and the challenges of transitioning to sustainable national-level financing.

        Marijke Wijnroks, Chief of Staff, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
        Lambert Grijns, Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights & HIV/AIDS of the Netherlands
        Dr. Sha’ari Ngadiman, Ministry of Health, Malaysia
    • 11:00AM - 12:30PM
      • Major 11: Ending the Death Penalty for Drug Offences

        Location: PLENARY ROOM

        This session brings together leading lawyers and human rights advocates to discuss current efforts to end the death penalty for drug offences in four key death penalty States: China, Indonesia, India and Malaysia.

        Tripti Tandon, Deputy Director, Lawyer’s Collective (India)
        Ricky Gunawan, Program Director, LBH Masyarakat (Indonesia)
        Dr Bi Yingxi, China
        Shamini Darshni, Executive Director, Amnesty International Malaysia
      • Major 12: Challenges and Solutions in the Funding Crisis for Harm Reduction

        Location: M ROOM 1

        10% by 2020: a global campaign to redirect resources from the war on drugs to harm reduction
        Szubert, Olga; Murphy, Fionnuala; Phelan, Maria

        Critical engagement with donors to secure investment in harm reduction in middle income countries (MICs)
        Remtula, Alysa

        Harnessing Harm Reduction: Community Action on Harm Reduction Programme (CAHR) Review in Malaysia.
        Sivapragasam, Malini; Ellan, Parimelazhagan

        Lessons learned from 5+ years of harm reduction service delivery in Thailand
        Tanguay, Pascal; Ngamee, Veeraphan
      • Major 13: HCV: Prevention and Risks

        Location: M ROOM 2

        ‘Treatment as prevention’ for hepatitis C: Addressing the needs of people who inject drugs?
        Harris, Magdalena Rose; Albers, Eliot; Swan, Tracy

        Hepatitis C prevention and convenience: Why do people who inject drugs in sexual partnerships ‘run out’ of sterile equipment?
        Fraser, Suzanne; Rance, Jake; Treloar, Carla

        Impact of Opioid Substitution Therapy and Needle Syringe Programmes on incidence of HCV: a systematic review and meta-analysis
        Platt, Lucy; Reed, Jennifer; Minozzi, Silvia; Vickerman, Peter; French, Clare; Hagan, Holly; Maher, Lisa; Jordan, Ashly;
        Hickman, Matthew

        Screening of viral hepatitis among Tuberculosis patients
        Khadka, Surendra; Bista, Bikram
    • 2:00PM - 3:30PM
      • Parallel 11: Children, Young People and Injecting Drug Use

        Location: PLENARY ROOM

        A Cross-sectional Examination of Medicinal Substance Abuse and Use of Non-Medicinal Substances Among Canadian Youth: Findings From the 2012/2013 Youth Smoking Survey
        Leos-Toro, Cesar; Hammond, David; Manske, Stephen

        The Social Context of Non- Medical Prescription Opioid Use among Young Adults: A Qualitative Study
        Yedinak, Jesse L.; Kinnard, Elizabeth N.; Hadland, Scott E.; Green, Traci C.; Clark, Melissa A.; Marshall, Brandon D.L.

        "We don't need services. We have no problems": exploring the experiences of young people who inject drugs in accessing harm reduction services
        Krug, Anita; Hildebrand, Mikaela

        "Intravention": Young drug injectors' leadership in promoting health-protective behaviors among their peers.
        Mateu-Gelabert, Pedro; Guarino, Honoria; Jessell, Lauren; Syckes, Cassandra; Friedman, Samuel R.
      • Parallel 12: The Global Fund New Funding Model Challenges: What this Means for Harm Reduction

        Location: M ROOM 1

        Global Fund investments in harm reduction through the rounds-based funding model (2002–2014)
        McLean, Susie; Bridge, Jamie; Hunter, Benjamin M.

        Seeking solutions for danger of The Global Fund withdrawal from the Balkan countries
        Ibisevic, Samir; Bakh, Uliana

        Scaling up harm reduction in Asia: Entry points for PWID and HR NGOs in development of GF Concept Notes
        Burrows, Dave; McCallum, Louis

        Financial Tools for HIV Prevention and Harm Reduction Advocacy in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
        Kriauzaite, Nora; Barker, Cathy; Ocheret, Dasha; Votyagov, Sergey
      • Parallel 13: NPS: Challenges for Policy Makers and Service Providers

        Location: M ROOM 2

        Implementation of effective harm reduction responses - challenges for community and service providers
        Schiffer, Katrin

        Is the recent emergence of Mephedrone injection in the United Kingdom associated with elevated risks and infection levels?
        Hope, Vivian D; Cullen, Katelyn J; Parry, John V; Ncube, Fortune

        NPS in Europe - Political response in the EU
        Barbosa, José Queiroz; Costa, Ana Correia

        Double Epidemic in the Russian Federation
        Akulova, Marina; Kornilova, Marina
      • Parallel 14: Punitive Laws and Law Enforcement

        Location: PARALLEL ROOM 1

        Impact of drug laws and policies on harm reduction in Cambodia
        Sochenda, Sou; Sovannary, Tuot; Tola, Chan; Mony, Srey; Golichenko, Olga; Pheak, Chhoun; Satya, Chhim; Siyan, Yi; Sopheap, Oum

        Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD): Program Effects on Recidivism Outcomes
        Collins, Susan E.; Clifasefi, Seema L.; Lonczak, Heather S.

        “Policy Surveillance” for Tracking, Evaluating and Advancing Harm Reduction Policy
        Burris, Scott C

        Bridging harm reduction and law enforcement closer together to help build sustainable partnerships
        Pun, Anan; Karmacharya, Ujjwal; Chapagain, Deepak; Gurung, Birodh
      • Parallel 15: HCV: Treatment

        Location: PARALLEL ROOM 2

        WHO Global and Regional action on Hepatitis Treatment: Implications for poeple who use and inject drugs
        Walsh, Nick; Lo, Ying-Ru; Verster, Annette

        From silence to elimination: Making Hepatitis C a national priority in Georgia
        Sabelashvili, Paata

        Meaningful Involvement of People who Inject Drugs in Hepatitis C Advocacy in Indonesia.
        Agustian, Edo; Sugiharto, Suhendro

        What poeple know about Hepatitis C direct-acting antivirals: Narratives from a cohort of poeple who inject drugs in Melbourne
        Higgs, Peter; Cogger, Shelley; Hsieh, Kevin; Hellard, Margaret
      • Parallel 16: Grass Roots Advocacy in Harm Reduction

        Location: PARALLEL ROOM 3

        ‘Let’s do it together’- engaging with local communities for better acceptance of Needle/Syringe Programmes.
        ThweKo, Nyein; Thaw, Tun Linn

        Kicking the door open with the first substance analysis program in Mexico
        Gonzalez, Brun

        The role of parental activism in advocacy of expanding access and improving the quality of OST programs, Ukraine
        Tkalya, Svitlana

        Advocating for an increase in Harm Reduction Services and Promotion of Human Rights, impacts and decrease violation for PWUD
        Amin, Zemaray; Alami, Sohail

        Peer Paralegal a break through in a legal assistance.
        Agustian, Edo; Sugiharto, Suhendro; Nurdiana, Ferry

        Drug Users’ Network’s advocacy in addressing Viral Hepatitis C among People who use Drugs (PUDs) - The Nagaland experience.
        Angami, Ketholelie Angami
    • 4:00PM - 5:30PM
      • Parallel 21: MSM, Chemsex and Community Norms

        Location: PLENARY ROOM

        Crystal methamphetamine use among gay and bisexual men in Australia: patterns of use and harm reduction responses
        Lea, Toby; Hopwood, Max; Ryan, Dermot; Wright, Shannon; Holt, Martin; Aggleton, Peter

        Men Who Have Sex with Men in a Highly Stigmatizing Environment: The Case of Greater Cairo, Egypt
        Elkamhawi, Sherif Mohamed Said; Abaza, Oumnia; Khoury, Carla; Tawakol, Ghazal; Abdel Malak, Maryham; El-Beih, Wessam; Youssef, Hala; El-Kott, Nabeel; Sanan, Nehad; El-Kha...

        Perceptions and experiences of injecting novel psychoactive substances in sexual settings among gay men in London
        Bourne, Adam; Reid, David; Weatherburn, Peter; Torres-Rueda,

        Using peer education to work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) drug users in NSW
        Ryan, Dermot; Wright, Shannon; Parkhill, Nicolas
      • Parallel 22: Research: Neglected Harms and Issues

        Location: M ROOM 1

        Harm Reduction Saves and Improves Lives: Findings of Increased quality-oflife for People Who Inject Drugs in the Hridaya Impact Assessment Study in selected Indian states
        Arumugam, Visvanathan; Biswas, Kaushik; Sharma, G Charanjit; Beddoe, Simon W; Mehta, Sonal; Peters, Tim; Robertson, James

        Do different types of heroin produce different risks for developing abscesses and other skin and soft tissue infections?
        Ciccarone, Dan; Unick, Jay; Mars, Sarah; Rosenblum, Dan

        Conceptualizing the hospital ‘risk environment’ for people who use drugs: Challenges and potential solutions
        Ti, Lianping; Milloy, M-J; Buxton, Jane; McNeil, Ryan; Dobrer, Sabina; Hayashi, Kanna; Wood, Evan; Kerr, Thomas

        Longitudinal analysis of individual harm reduction coverage in an Australian cohort of people who inject drugs
        O’Keefe, Daniel John; Aitken, Campbell; Dietze, Paul Mark
      • Parallel 23A: Critical issues in improving access to viral hepatitis B and C treatment for people who use drugs

        Location: M ROOM 2

        This session will focus on improving access to viral hepatitis B and C treatment in people who use drugs.

        It will introduce the new WHO guidelines on HBV and HCV screening, care and treatment with specific focus on people who use drugs as well as the WHO global strategy and regional action plans on viral hepatitis and particular relevance for people who use drugs. Several key experts from a range of constituencies will respond and comment on the recommendations, their perspectives and experiences. The focus of this discussion is on critical issues and ways to address challenges with regard to providing hepatitis treatment to people who use drugs.

        Introduction on WHO guidance and strategies - Nick Walsh

        Civil society perspective
        Treatment Action Group - Karen Kaplan
        ANPUD - Anand Chabungbam
        International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine- Ludmila Maistat
        MSF - Leena Menghaney

        Donor perspective
        The Global Fund - Mauro Guarinieri
        Open Society Foundations – Daniel Wolfe

        Chaired by Susie McLean, International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Annette Verster, WHO

        This session is supported by the World Health Organisation
      • Parallel 24A: Religious Perspectives on Harm Reduction

        Location: PARALLEL ROOM 1

        Religious Leaders and Harm Reduction in MENA
        Jreij/Abou Chrouch, Micheline Samir; Aaraj, Elie Georges; Haddad, Rana Nour; Haddad, Patricia Joseph; Fakih, Hasan Sami

        Other speakers TBA
      • Parallel 25: Next Generation Needle and Syringe Programming

        Location: PARALLEL ROOM 2

        The Challenges Of Outreach Workers In The Implementation Of The Needle and Syringe Exchange Programme In Malaysia
        Karunanithy, Anushiya; Azman, Azlinda; Baba, Ismail; Ellan, Parimelazhagan; Sivapragasam, Malini

        Increasing syringe exchange 1,5 times in 4 years within the same budget? Evidence from Eastern Europe, Latvia
        Kaupe, Ruta

        No one wants to use the dirties: people who inject drugs reflect upon re-use practices
        Duvnjak, Angella; Morrison, Ele

        Experience from an interactive educational pilot program aiming at behavioral changes among injecting drug users in Paris from 2011 to 2014: impact on risk practices and lessons learned.
        Debrus, Marie; Avril, Elisabeth; Rogissart, Valère; Maguet, Olivier; Corty, Jean-François
      • Parallel 22: Far from the Stereotype: Drugs, Sex Work, and Stigma

        Location: PARALLEL ROOM 3

        Using in safe spaces: the impact of interhousehold stigma on where female sex workers are able to inject drugs
        Davidson, Peter John

        Harm Reduction & Leadership: who wins and who loses when sex work and drug use are seen as inherently dangerous and damaging?
        Cole, Ryan Elizabeth

        Sex Work and Law Reform in Canada: What are the Impacts on sex workers life?
        Caouette, Anna-Aude; de Kiewit, Alexandra

        Minds Opened Wide:Nursing Students Community Experience in Vancouvers’ Downtown Eastside
        Brunt, Caroline; Fukuyama, Kathy; Arnold, Barb; Gilbert, Julie; Schappert, Janita
  • Tuesday October 20 2015
    • 9:00AM - 10:30AM
      • Plenary 2: Leadership Communities

        Location: PLENARY ROOM

        This session will highlight examples of community driven campaigns in support of harm reduction and human rights.
        (Further information will be added shortly)

        Rajiv Kafle, Global Network of People Living with HIV.
        Nukshinaro Ao, Asian Network of People who Use Drug.
        Jules Kim, The Scarlet Alliance.
        Liz Evans, former director of INSITE in Vancouver
    • 11:00AM - 12:30PM
      • Major 21: Users Choice Session

        Location: PLENARY ROOM

        Implementing comprehensive HIV programmes with people who inject drugs: practical approaches from collaborative interventions
        Albers, Eliot Ross; Hariga, Fabienne

        Key population Silenced;Double Stigma,Double Criminalization in East Africa
        Opany, Evans Odhiambo; Ochieng, Ezekiel Achims

        Harm Reduction interventions inside “smoking ghettos” (‘fumoirs’): a community-based approach in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
        Evanno, Jérôme; Bailly, Cynthia; Dézé, Charlotte; Luhmann, Niklas; Bouscaillou, Julie; Maguet, Olivier

        The advocacy capacity of Latin-American civil society in drug policy debate
        D’Agostino, María Eugenia; Cymerman, Pablo; Touze, Graciela
      • Major 22: The continued UN commitment to the implementation of the comprehensive harm reduction package at the UNGASS 2016

        Location: M ROOM 1

        The Global Commission on Drug Policy has constantly called for the removal of the legal or defacto barriers to harm reduction services, and the implementation of the package of comprehensive interventions developed and recommended by the WHO, UNODC and UNAIDS. Moreover, this package has been strengthened by WHO’s consolidated guidelines for key populations, in particular underlining the need to address structural barriers in order to implement effective and accessible programmes. Now that the UNGASS is approaching, it is time to reevaluate the commitment of a horizontal UN approach to the world drug problem and harm reduction.

        This session will aim at discussing the role of the international community and the UN agencies in scalingup harm reduction services and taking advantage of the UNGASS to discuss the social, economic, medical and development benefits of harm reduction and of a whole UN comprehensive approach to drugs.

        Michel Kazatchkine, Global Commission on Drug Policy
        TBD, United Nations Development Program
        Monica Beg, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
        Annette Verster, World Health Organization
        TBD, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS

        Organizers: Global Commission on Drug Policy, United Nations
        Development Programme, World Health Organization, United Nations
        Office on Drugs and Crime, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
      • Major 23: Alternatives to Drug Detention in Asia

        Location: M ROOM 2

        Community-based models as alternatives to compulsory detention in Asia
        Stoicescu, Claudia; Phelan, Maria

        Barriers to implementing and scaling up community-based harm reduction models in Malaysia: A case study in Cure and Care Service Centre Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur
        Balasingam, Vicknasingam

        Community Treatment - An Alternative Approach to Compulsory Detoxification
        Cai, Tao

        Toward community-based voluntary treatment for people with drug use disorders in Vietnam
        Khuat, Oanh Thi Hai; Do, Xuan Thi Ninh; Michel, Laurent; Hamilton, John

        Harm Reduction integration with Substance Dependency Rehabilitation at PEKA Halfway House - Community Based Service in Bogor-Indonesia
        Parlinggoman, Doddy
    • 2:00PM - 3:30PM
      • Parallel 31: Community Mobilisation

        Location: PLENARY ROOM

        Community Mobilisation and Organising
        Webb, Mick; Masanja, Susan

        Harm reduction advocacy initiative in Japan: Drug users and the stakeholders raised their voices for human rights and public health
        Koto, Goro

        Advocacy Platforms for PWID: Establishing State Drug User Forums under the Asia Action on Harm Reduction programme in India
        Wallington-Beddoe, Simon; Imlong, Tushimenla; Arumugum, Viswanathan; Sharma, Charanjit; Mehta, Sonal; Robertson, James

        NY Harm Reduction Educators UPRISE Peer Program – A path to empowerment, employment, and social justice
        Selick, Mike; Jones, Terrell

        ‘The Connection’ an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Drug User Service
        Capper, Aimee Maree
      • Parallel 32: Game Changers: New players in supervised injection

        Location: M ROOM 1

        Changes, changes and more changes: operating an evolving and responsive Supervised Injecting Facility 2001-2015
        Salmon, Allison Maree; Jauncey, Marianne Elizabeth

        Community based harm reduction and care. The impact of the five Drug Consumption Rooms on Danish drug users’ health and wellbeing. A national study.
        Kappel, Nanna; Toth, Eva; Tegner, Jette

        Drug consumption rooms save lives: results of peer led field research
        Schäffer, Dirk; Gurinova, Alexandra

        Supervised Drug Consumption in Vancouver: Evolving Practices and Next Steps
        Kerr, Thomas

        Safer Injection Facilities: A New Service Provision for Malaysia
        Baba, Ismail; Azman, Azlinda
      • Parallel 33: Women Who Use Drugs

        Location: M ROOM 2

        Developing Networks for People / Women who Use Drugs – (in East Africa: Tanzania and Kenya).
        Masanja, Susan

        Putting it into Practice: Providing integrated sexual and reproductive health (SRH), HIV and harm reduction services for women who use drugs in Mombasa, Kenya
        Esemere, Lilian Kayaro; Maloti, Danson Mwawana; McCartney, Daniel Jason

        Reseach on access for women who inject drugs to HIV prevention, treatment and care services in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
        Bolotbaeva, Aisuluu

        Towards Establishing Successful (Peer- Led) Gender-Sensitive Services for Women who Use Drugs
        Bradbury, Gill; Subba Limbu, Parina
      • Parallel 34: Outreach-based Interventions to Increase Uptake and Adherence

        Location: PARALLEL ROOM 1

        Improvement of HIV services for PWID along HIV testing and treatment cascade
        Smyrnov, Pavlo; Deshko, Tetyana; Denisiuk, Olga; Tyshkevych, Anna

        Understanding Low Threshold HIV testing for people who inject drugs in Kenya
        Kalama, Onesmus Mlewa

        Community based outreach for people who inject drugs in Kenya
        Guise, Andy; Ndimbii, James; Ayon, Sylvia; Rhodes, Tim

        Low threshold HIV testing techniques that prove successful in increasing PWID screening for HIV
        Deshko, Tetiana; Isakov, Victor
      • Parallel 35: Protecting Health & Human Rights in Prisons: Research, Action and Tools

        Location: PARALLEL ROOM 2

        HIV in prison: A global systematic review of incidence and mortality
        Dolan, Kate; Moazen, Babak; Noori, Atefeh; Rahimzadeh, Shadi; Farzadfar, Farshad; Hariga, Fabienne

        Opioid substitution therapy reduces deaths in prison
        Larney, Sarah; Gisev, Natasa; Farrell, Michael; Dobbins, Timothy; Burns, Lucinda; Gibson, Amy; Kimber, Jo; Degenhardt, Louisa

        Bridge the Gaps: Between HIV/ AIDS prevention and psychosocial support service for PWUD inmates in Malaysia.
        Ramthan, Mazlimi; Sivapragasam, Malini; Ellan, Parimelazhagan; Azman, Azlinda

        Monitoring Infectious Diseases and Harm Reduction in Prisons
        Sander, Genevieve; Brentari, Cinzia
    • 4:00PM - 5:30PM
      • Parallel 41: Opioid Substitution Therapy

        Location: PLENARY ROOM

        Drugs, Dignity and Dying: Developing Palliative Care Guidelines for Methadone Maintenance Patients in Ireland
        Homan Bressan, Juliet; Flanagan, Jean; Madani, Anjum

        “Doctors punish us using detox”. To explore the range of problems that clients opioid substitution treatment (OST) have experienced with doctors-narcologists in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
        Byelyayeva, Olga

        Barriers to Optimal Implementation of Methadone Maintenance Therapy in Bangkok, Thailand: A Qualitative Study
        Hayashi, Kanna; Ti, Lianping; Small, Will; Pramoj Na Ayutthaya, Prempreeda; Kaplan, Karyn; Suwannawong, Paisan; Kerr, Thomas

        Assessment of methadone substitution treatment social and economic effectiveness in the Republic of Belarus
        Alexandrov, Alexei
      • Parallel 42: Overdose Response

        Location: M ROOM 1

        Making friends with Fentanyl: a practical response to a dangerous drug
        Latimer, Julie Louise

        Accelerating implementation of community naloxone distribution - barriers and solutions.
        Birgin, Ruth

        Naloxone in Scotland - A national approach to preventing opioid overdose deaths
        Horsburgh, Kirsten

        Forward Thinking Harm Reduction: How an app can save lives
        Morris, Danny; Rintoul, Chris; Cameron, Iain Buff

        Overdose management - a Community driven approach to save lives among the PWID in the state of Manipur, India.
        Chingsubam, Bangkim Singh
      • Parallel 43: Models of Harm Reduction in Different Settings

        Location: M ROOM 2

        Models of service delivery of the comprehensive package for people who use and inject drugs
        Verster, Annette Digna; Rodolph, Michelle; Rachel, Baggaley

        Decentralization and integration facilitates earlier access to HIV services
        Thi Minh Tam, Nguyen; Duc Duong, Bui; Thi Thuy Van, Nguyen; Kato, Masaya

        Harm Reduction against the odds! The Afghanistan experience.
        Paikan, Dr Feda Mohammad; Rajaey, Abdur Raheem; Rahimi, Dr.Mohammad Hashim; Southwell, Mat

        ‘Ya pas Drap’: starting harm reduction services in Abidjan - Ivory Coast after the results of a rapid assessment and response
        Evanno, Jérôme; Bailly, Cynthia; Dézé, Charlotte; Luhmann, Niklas; Bouscaillou, Julie; Maguet, Olivier
      • Parallel 44: Drug Use Practice and Risk: Harm Reduction

        Location: PARALLEL ROOM 1

        Transitions to injecting heroin in Kenya: research findings, community perspectives and implications for programming
        Braga, Maryna; Guise, Andy; Ndimbii, James; Dimova, Margarita; Mar Han, Zin; Ochera, John; O. Cawstone, Anthony; Nyakundi, James; Kimami, John; Mureithi, John; Apuuli...

        Injection of morphine sulphate capsules among drug users in Paris, France, and specific risks related: what do we need to adapt in our harm reduction interventions?
        Debrus, Marie; Avril, Elisabeth; Rogissart, Valère; Maguet, Olivier; Corty, Jean-François

        Insights into injecting into the neck and risk from a national sample of people who inject drugs in the United Kingdom.
        Cullen, Katelyn J; Hope, Vivian D; Parry, John V; Ncube, Fortune

        West African pattern for drug, set and setting. Consequences on local Harm Reduction interventions and regional networking
        Maguet, Olivier; Dembele, Bintou; Ba, Idrissa; Evann, Jérôme; Olivet, Fabrice; Mahjoubi, Bilel
      • Parallel 45: Research: Qualitative Peer Base Studies

        Location: PARALLEL ROOM 2

        More than anecdotal: Community strengthening through community owned and managed research
        Edlund, Carina; Jakobsson, Pye; Rosengren, Viveqa

        Half a decade and a lifetime away.. Byrne, Judith Therese Overdose prevention among hard-toreach users of non-opioid substances
        Van Bodegom, Renate; van Gaalen, Sanne; Grund, Jean-Paul; de Bruin, Dick; Busz, Machteld

        The inconsistent application of harm reduction: Toward an explanation and a new unifying approach
        Peters, Heather I.; Wrath, Kathy
  • Wednesday October 21 2015
    • 9:00AM - 10:30AM
      • Plenary 3: Leadership in Drug Policy Reform

        Location: PLENARY ROOM

        This session will explore key areas of tension within the current drug control regime as we head towards the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs.
        Dr Carl Hart, Columbia University
        Prof Juan E Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
        Prof Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Dean of Medicine, University of Malaya
        Annie Madden, Executive Officer, Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)
    • 11:00AM - 12:30PM
      • Major 31: Stimulants and Harm Reduction in Latin America

        Location: PLENARY ROOM

        This session examines and highlights crack and other stimulant use in Latin America, and the harm reduction response.

        Sponsored by the Ministry of Health of the Government of Brazil, it will showcase research from the region, as well as examples of successful low threshold harm reduction services.


        Myrez Cavalcanti (Braços Abertos Program) presenting the Brazilian programme based in São Paulo that works with people that use crack.

        Francisco Netto (Fiocruz) will present research on crack use in Brazil.

        Ricardo Baruch (Espolea - Mexico) will present research on drug use and LGBT people in Mexico.

        Carola Lew (Uruguay) will present research on crack use in Uruguay
      • Major 32: Human Rights and Drug Policy Reform

        Location: M ROOM 1

        A study on violation of the rights of PWUD in drug deaddiction and Rehabilitation centres in Manipur, India.
        Wahengbam, Dhojo

        Advocacy for a drug policy based on harm reduction and respect of the human rights of PWID in Morocco A working synergy between NGOs and national bodies in the fight against AID and human rights
        Douraidi, Moulay Ahmed; Karkouri, Mehdi; Ahmar, Morgane; Himmich, Hakima

        Addressing Stigma and Discrimination Targetted at People who Inject Drugs - a Multifaceted Approach
        Poeder, Fiona; Pepolim, Lucy; Harison, Tiia; Harrod, Mary

        The impact of the Indonesian government’s of “emergency drugs” declaration on Harm Reduction Outreach Programs in South of Jakarta
        Wibaskara, Andika Prayudi
      • Major 33: Harm Reduction in Asia

        Location: M ROOM 2

        Leadership in transition: ministry of health Malaysia initiated government – non government organization (GO-NGO) partnership, the driving force behind success of harm reduction efforts in Malaysia
        Chandrasekaran, Shamala; Ellan, Parimelazhagan; Kurusamy, Tamayanty; Suleiman, Anita

        Peer leadership within Nepal’s Community Based Harm Reduction Organisations: Processes of Community Organising, Systemic Barriers to Advocacy and Countering the Abstinence-based Recovery Agenda
        Thapa, Ashmin; Nicolette, Burrows

        Effects of Take-home Methadone Service on Treatment Compliance and Heroin Use Reduction for Methadone Maintenance Treatment Clients
        Cai, Thomas; Zhang, Bo; Yan, Zhihua; Chen, Suoyu

        Situation of injection drug use related HIV epidemic and response in Pakistan: planning for post 2015 era
        Achakzai, Baseer; Furqan, Sofia; Saba, Marc; Bergenstrom, Anne
    • 2:00PM - 3:30PM
      • Parallel 51: Stimulants: Harm and Harm Reduction

        Location: PLENARY ROOM

        The Production of Harm: Cancellation Impact of a Safer Crack Use Program
        Leonard, Lynne Elizabeth; Germain, Andree

        ‘Ice’ in the ED: emergency department presentations in the Melbourne Injecting Drug User Cohort Study
        Nambiar, Dhanya; Stoové, Mark; Dietze, Paul

        Speed Limits: a review of the evidence about substitute prescribing to amphetamine users in the UK
        Newcombe, Russell David

        Social Media as Outreach Tools, Ensuring Anonymity and Confidentiality for People who Use Stimulant Drugs
        Sibuea, Yvonne
      • Parallel 52: Key Campaigning Issues for Drug Policy Reform and UNGASS

        Location: M ROOM 1

        The LSE Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy
        Collins, John

        Decriminalisation: what does it mean in Asia?
        Lai, Gloria

        Keeping drugs users out of jail. Leadership in developing a drug diversion policy for Indonesia
        Alexander, Risa Fauzi; Riyanti, Lastri; Hughes, Chad; Ruddick, Abby

        Peer Educators: Movement Of People Who Inject Drugs(PWID) Community In Advocating Access To Health Services In East Lombok - Indonesia
        Saputro, Rudi Taryadi; Malada, Frederik H.A
      • Parallel 53: Harms and Harm Reduction: Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs

        Location: M ROOM 2

        Identifying and reducing harm for Steroid and Image Enhancing Drugs (SIEDs) Injectors, through innovative approaches
        Campbell, John; Hunter, Carole

        The harm reduction response to an increase in people who inject performance and image-enhancing drugs attending Needle and Syringe Programs in Australia: A tale of two states
        Iversen, Jenny; Maher, Lisa

        Risk and vulnerability among people who inject image and performance enhancing drugs in England and Wales 2012-2013: where should we focus harm reduction?
        Cullen, Katelyn J; Hope, Vivian D; Parry, John V; Ncube, Fortune

        An Unhealthy Glow? A review of Melanotan Use and Associated Clinical Outcomes
        Brennan, Rebekah Lynne; Wells, John; Van Hout, Marie Claire
      • Parallel 54: Internet, Unternet and Harm Reduction

        Location: PARALLEL ROOM 1

        Digital consumer involvement in harm reduction research: The Bluelight experience
        Barratt, Monica Jane

        A Season in Deep Web Forums: A Doctor´s Experience
        Caudevilla, Fernando

        Novel Psychoactive Substances, the Internet and Harm Reduction: Online Communities as Sites of Resistance?
        Hamilton, Kieran

        Online drug user-led harm reduction in Hungary: a review of “Daath”
        Móró, Levente

        Technology & Drugs – The End of Drug Policy as We Know It?
        Grund, Jean-Paul
      • Parallel 55: Ukraine: Harm Reduction Progress and the Threat of Conflict

        Location: PARALLEL ROOM 6

        Ukraine focused HIV prevention program brings HIV epidemic under control
        Klepikov, Andriy; Deshko, Tetiana; Verster, Annette

        Effect of prevention interventions on risk behavior change and HCV and HIV seroconversion among PWIDs in Ukraine.
        Samko, Mariia; Barska, Julia; Sazonova, Iana

        Community based ART adherence support: building new models to improve retention in HIV care and adherence to ART for People Who Inject Drugs in Ukraine
        Denisiuk, Olga; Smyrnov, Pavlo; Tokar, Anna; Tyshkevych, Anna; Friedman, Sam

        Drug users and armed conflict: East Ukraine’s brutal ‘war on drugs’
        Hyde, Lily Sophia; Skala, Pavlo

        Crimea and South-East of Ukraine
        Kuzmenko, Igor
      • Parallel 56: Harm Reduction / HIV and Police

        Location: PARALLEL ROOM 5

        This session presents practical insights, benefits and challenges of cooperation between law enforcement, public, social and health authorities and CSO. Speakers will explore the potential and limitations of different schemes of cooperation while bringing into focus the specifics of practical implementation.

        Ms Svetlana Doltu, Country Coordinator of Police and HIV network, Lieutenant Colonel (retired), Ministry of Interior, Republic of Moldova

        Mr Pol.Lt.Col. Krisanaphong (Tong) Poothakool, Thailand Mr. Jimmy Dorabjee, Chairman, ANPUD

        Mr Greg Genham, UNODC Consultant, Practical guide for CSO “Improving working relationships and collaboration with law enforcement”

        Chair: Dr. Monica Beg, Chief, HIV/AIDS Section, Drug Prevention and Health Branch, UNODC

        Sponsored by the HIV/AIDS Section, UN Office on Drugs and Crime
    • 4:00PM - 5:30PM
      • Conference Closing Session

        Location: PLENARY ROOM

        Keynote Speakers:
        Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director, National Advocates for Pregnant Women

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