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
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).
HRI have created a set of sponsor opportunities which will create a
dedicated and carefully engineered platform for engagement, profiling,
as well as structured opportunities to deliver key messages to a target
audience, throughout the conference
Harm Reduction International is committed to ensuring the event provides and facilitates appropriate care for all delegates who may have special medical and healthcare needs - especially delegates who use, or have used, drugs or are living with HIV or hepatitis.
Professor Adeeba Kamarulzaman graduated from Monash University in 1987 and trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the Monash Medical Centre and Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. She is presently the Dean …
Anand Grover, is a designated Senior Advocate, practicing in the Supreme Court of India and the Director of the Lawyer’s Collective (India), having offices in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. He was the UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone …
Annie Madden is the Executive Officer of the Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) the national organisation representing people who inject or have injected illicit drugs including people in drug treatment in Australia. Annie …
Carl Hart is an Associate Professor at Columbia University in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology. He is also a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and has published nearly 100 scientific articles in the area of …
Marijke Wijnroks joined the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as its Chief of Staff on 15 July 2013. In her position she has a broad responsibility and a particular focus on gender and human rights and on engaging with all …
Jules Kim is Korean-born Australian sex worker. She is the Migration Project Manager at Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association, the peak national peer sex worker organisation representing and informed by their sex worker membership, …
Lambert Grijns is Director of the Social Development Department and Special Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) & HIV/AIDS at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. He is a member of the High-Level Task …
Liz Evans trained as a nurse, and in one of Canada’s poorest postal codes worked for 23 years to envision and create numerous services that changed the way drug users are seen and treated. People who were previously dying from overdose deaths …
Lynn M. Paltrow, J.D., is the Founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW). Ms. Paltrow is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Law. As Executive Director of NAPW, Ms. Paltrow …
Mariângela Simão - Director, Rights, Gender, Prevention and Community Mobilization Department, UNAIDS. Mariângela Simão joined UNAIDS in July 2010 from the Ministry of Health in Brazil where she worked since 2006 as the Director of the …
UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia Professor Michel Kazatchkine has spent the last 30 years fighting AIDS as a leading physician, researcher, administrator, advocate, policymaker, and diplomat. …
With almost 15 years of experience in the field of HIV and Drug Use from the grassroots level where it is about saving one life at a time to the global boardrooms where public health policies and programs are made to stand against corporate greed …
Ricky Gunawan is an Indonesian human rights lawyer and the Director of the Community Legal Aid Institute (LBH Masyarakat), based in Jakarta. He earned his law degree from the University of Indonesia. He holds MA in Theory and Practice of Human …
Ruth Dreifuss studied in Geneva where she received a degree in economics with special focus on econometrics in 1971. In her varied professional career she served as hotel secretary, editor of the weekly journal Coopération, social worker, …
Shamini began her career as a news journalist at the New Straits Times covering current issues. She found her beat writing health and social issues, with a particular interest in HIV and AIDS issues. Nearly 7 years later, she moved on to the …
Tripti Tandon is a New Delhi based lawyer and Deputy Director with the Lawyers Collective, one of the oldest human rights organisation in India. In her over 15 years of association with the Lawyers Collective, Tripti has spearheaded the work …
Yingxi Bi is a Senior Research Associate at the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy. Ms Bi obtained her PhD recently in the Irish Centre for Human Rights, at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her recent work focuses on …
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Developing Networks for People / Women who Use Drugs – (in East Africa: Tanzania and Kenya).
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
Towards Establishing Successful (Peer- Led) Gender-Sensitive Services for Women who Use Drugs
Bradbury, Gill; Subba Limbu, Parina
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.
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
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
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
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
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)
A study on violation of the rights of PWUD in drug deaddiction and Rehabilitation centres in Manipur, India.
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
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
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
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
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