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This session addresses the shortcomings in the response to HIV and hepatitis C among people who use drugs. The 2015 target of the 2011 UN Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS of halving the transmission of HIV among injecting drug users has not been reached. In Eastern Europe and many parts of Asia, unsafe drug injection continues to fuel the HIV epidemic. The issue of drug abuse and HIV related to drug use is of growing concern in Africa. The session is targeted towards local and regional policy makers, researchers and advocates explaining the need to reform national drug policies, and to deliver the health, HIV and social services to people who use drugs. Participants will develop an understanding of the links between the scale up of harm reduction, the decriminalization of drug use, the end of incarceration for users, and the positive outcomes on the health and human rights of all.

11:00
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Introduction

11:05
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The findings of the Johns Hopkins-Lancet Commission on Public Health and International Drug Policy
Adeeba Kamarulzaman, University of Malaya, Malaysia
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11:20
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Drug use and harm reduction in Africa: a 2016 perspective
Isidore Obot, Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse, Nigeria
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11:35
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The HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs in Eastern Europe
Michel Kazatchkine, UN Secretary-General Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Switzerland
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11:50
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Harm reduction: HIV and criminalization of drug use in Asia
Ann Fordham, International Drug Policy Consortium, Thailand
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12:05
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Moderated discussion
12:25
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Conclusion