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Progress update on UNODC project H71 activities in Bangladesh
Mr. R.Gunashekar, Project Officer,
Project RAS/H71 (UNODC ROSA) was on a mission to Bangladesh from the 15-23 May 2007.
The purpose of his mission was:
To review the progress made by the project partners.
To visit the field sites and meet with key stakeholders.
To review progress on the activities undertaken and set priorities for future scale up.
During his visit to Bangladesh he met all project partners who are currently implementing interventions at 9 sites in Bangladesh (2 street children interventions, 4 Peer-led interventions and 3 IDU interventions).
In addition to meeting project beneficiaries, Mr. Gunashekar also met officials from the Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), APON and CARE Bangladesh and apprised them of the progress made by the project in Bangladesh.
Recommendations & feedback from Bangladesh
Project H71 has been instrumental in raising concerns and addressing issues of injecting drug users, street children and prison inmates at select intervention sites of Bangladesh.
The PLI sites have established linkages for providing referral and detoxification services to their clients.
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Advocacy efforts in the country have been strengthened due to significant role of the 'Committee of Concerns' in the country.
Project partners shared that they enjoyed working with project H71 since the project's design is not prescriptive. It allowed them to implement programmes according to local needs and situation of the project area.
Families of drug users have been part of the project activities. This has helped family members in understanding the psyche of the drug users and being supportive in the course of their recovery.
In some areas injecting drugs are on the rise due to easy availability of pharmaceutical drugs i.e. buprenorphine.
Most of the H71 project partner NGOs has developed user friendly IEC materials in Bangla for the beneficiaries. Project G86 'I Decide' pamphlets are currently being adapted by an NGO partner.
DAM, APON and CARE have contributed significantly by monitoring and guiding the implementation process of the partner NGOs at the grass roots level.