Stories from UNODC

India: Opioid Substitution Treatment gives "new life" to drug users - a visit to Drug Treatment Centres in Delhi

4 September 2012 - Forty-year-old Jameer has been visiting the newly established MMT centre nested in the heart of Sunder Nagri in Delhi. As we walk into the centre, there is a row of drug users waiting to be attended to by the staff. As they wait, an 18-year-old boy is at the nurse's station taking his daily dose of methadone. Methadone is a synthetic opioid, which when administered under medical supervision is very effective in drug dependence Read More ...

 


World AIDS Day 2012

Thank you, colleagues of Vienna based organizations!

Over 6,500 Euro were raised due to the generous contribution of the UN staff. The funds were donated to the Buddy Verein and AIDS-Hilfe, two Austrian non-governmental volunteer organizations supporting people with HIV. Read More

 


World AIDS Day in Bangkok

UN Bangkok staff and visitors celebrated World AIDS Day 2012 with a with a fun quiz contest to test HIV and AIDS awareness. Organized by the UN Cares, jointly with UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia and Pacific, the World AIDS Day 2012 quiz show tested UN staff and visitors by asking questions. Read More ...

 


World AIDS Day in Bangladesh

Low levels of education and awareness among the prison population makes inmates highly vulnerable to HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). To raise awareness among prison inmates on drug abuse, HIV/AIDS and STIs, UNODC together with its project partners Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), CARE Bangladesh and Khulna Mukti Seba Sangstha (KMSS) has been carrying out - over the last six years - a series of awareness initiatives in prison sites across Bangladesh. Read More ...

 


The Afraye Sabz Association, received prestigious Red Ribbon Award for innovative response to AIDS

The Red Ribbon Award is presented every two years at the International AIDS Conference to acknowledge and celebrate outstanding community leadership and action that is helping to stop the spread of HIV and mitigate the impact of AIDS. Read more ...

 


Regional consultation in Kyiv discussed the role of police in HIV responses

17 - 18 October 2012, Kyiv. The First Regional Consultation on Enhancing the Role of Law Enforcement in Planning and Implementation of National Responses to HIV/AIDS Epidemics in Central Asia and Eastern Europe took place in Kyiv. Read More ...

 


Kazakhstan increases access to opioid substitution treatment

11 October 2012. Astana. The Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan announced the expansion of HIV prevention services for people who use drugs. In an effort to reach a greater number people country-wide, seven new sites providing methadone are scheduled to open on 1 November 2012. The new sites, more than doubling the current number of service points, will enable people who use drugs in the cities of Aktobe, Zhambyl, Uralsk, Karaganda, Kostanai, Semey and Ekibastuz to access life-saving services in their communities. Read More ...

 


Pioneering HIV services for women

UNODC supports interventions for women designed and implemented by women. The goal of that gender-responsive HIV work is to provide and improve the quality of prevention, treatment, care and support services for women and girls around the globe; we work towards communities free of violence, stigma and discrimination.
Around half of the 34 million people living with HIV are women and girls. They are particularly vulnerable to HIV infection due to their social status. They are often deprived of their basic rights leading to lack of education, health services and to economic disadvantages. One of the main reason for their vulnerability is the wide spread violence against them... Read More

 


Nepal: New UNODC study maps female drug use in country

7 March 2012 - Although the problem of drug use among women is being increasingly recognized, many related issues have not been studied nor addressed when developing responses to drug use and/or HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment for vulnerable groups. This is partly due to the limited numbers of women drug users and the largely subordinate position of women users in the drug subculture. Read More...

 


30 million at risk for HIV in prisons and other closed settings: How to respond?

Each year over 30 million men and women spend time in prisons and other closed settings; over one-third of them are in pre-trial detention. Virtually these men and women will return to their community, many within a few months to a year. Read More...

 


W4W: Women for Women Study Tour

Hands-On Experience: Ukrainian professionals meet their Viennese counterparts while visiting service facilities for people who use drugs

In the context of a UNODC project implemented in Ukraine, UNODC headquarters hosted a study tour in Vienna on "Gender-sensitive HIV programmes for highly vulnerable women and girls in Ukraine" from 27 February to 2 March 2012.... Read More

 


Stimulant drugs use and HIV: there is still much to do


03 February 2012 - Concerned about the use of stimulant drugs and the vulnerabilities to HIV, a high level group of academics, researchers, and experts gathered in São Paulo, Brazil, during the Global Technical Meeting on Stimulant drugs use and HIV. The meeting was organized by UNODC and hosted by the Government of Brazil. Read More...

 


India: Methadone Maintenance Treatment now available


3 February 2012 - Methadone Maintenance Treatment is now available for drug users, with the Civil Hospital in Kapurthala, Punjab being the first Methadone dispensing site. The MMT programme was launched on 3 February 2012 in Kapurthala as part of a pilot initiative undertaken by UNODC, in partnership with the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Read More...

 


India: Psychosocial care for women in shelter homes - a dire need for trafficking survivors


January 2012 - In South Asia, women in difficult circumstances are often rendered homeless due to reasons such as family violence, social ostracism, human trafficking and alike. After being rescued from such stressful situations, the women are often transferred to institutions such as government-run shelter homes. Read More...

 


World AIDS Day 2011 around the world


Vienna, 1 December 2011. This year's World AIDS Day theme is "Getting to Zero" Zero AIDS Related Deaths, Zero New Infections and Zero Discrimination. Commemorating World AIDS Day, a red ribbon illuminated the building of the UNODC office in Vienna to remember those lost to AIDS and to emphasize the importance of human rights for people living with HIV and people at risk of infection. Read more...

Full Statement from UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov on the occasion of the World AIDS Day 2011.

 


Reference Group calls on UN Member States to scale-up evidence-based interventions to address HIV among people who use drug


The Independent Reference Group to the United Nations on HIV and Injecting Drug Use has issued a statement, ahead of the 2011 United Nations High Level Meeting on AIDS, calling for Member States to focus on HIV transmission among people who inject drugs. The statement details eight key priorities for Member States as they negotiate the outcome document for June's General Assembly meeting. Read the statement

 


Kenya Government to provide HIV services for people who inject drug


Mombasa, Kenya - Government to provide free HIV services for people who inject drugs. Heroin users will soon have access to free HIV prevention and treatment. The Kenyan Government currently takes bold and innovative measures to reduce HIV transmission among risk populations. Read more ...

 


Commission on Narcotic Drugs requests to scale up HIV prevention among people who use drugs


Vienna 25 March, 2011 - The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs at its fifty-fourth session, took note of 2011-2015 UNAIDS Strategy aiming at zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero stigma and discrimination. Member States adopted a resolution requesting UNODC to provide advice and guidance on effective measures to scale up HIV prevention for people who use drugs and to reduce stigma and discrimination. Read more...

 


Regional Seminar on Drugs and HIV/AIDS Responses




Hanoi (Viet Nam), 14 July 2011 - Following four days of deliberations a regional meeting on "Drugs and HIV/AIDS Responses", organized by the Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), adopted a set of recommendations to expand training programmes for policy makers, law enforcement, the judiciary, drug control agencies and prison staff. Read More...

 


Integrated drug dependence treatment and HIV prevention training




Bogor (Indonesia), 12 July 2011 - According to the 2011 World Drug Report Indonesia is seeing an increasing trend in injecting of heroin and crystalline methamphetamine among drug users. At the same time, Indonesia, like other countries in East and South-East Asia has a HIV epidemic driven by the reuse of needles and syringes among injecting drug users. Read more...

 



Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS adopted by the General Assembly, 10 June 2011. Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS: Intensifying our Efforts to Eliminate HIV/AIDS

 


First National Correctional System HIV Prevalence study in Indonesia Launched



The Directorate of Corrections, Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Republic of Indonesia released the report on HIV and Syphilis Prevalence and Risk Behaviour among Prisoners in Prisons and Detention Centres in Indonesia 2010 at a launch in Jakarta. Read more...

 


Strategies for "getting to zero" discussed as Commission on Narcotic Drugs opens



Vienna 21 March 2011 - High-level experts gathered for a round table on "Getting to Zero" - Achieving zero new HIV infections for injecting drug users. The event took place on the opening day of the fifty-fourth session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). Read more ...

 


Harm Reduction Advocacy Programme with Parliamentarians in Indonesia concludes successfully



Jakarta (Indonesia), 20 January 2011 - On 14 December 2010, the National AIDS Commission and UNODC held the final roundtable event in a long-running series of a harm reduction advocacy programme with members of Parliament. Read more ...

 


North-East India: HIV and AIDS prevention in prisons takes a significant stride



7 December 2010 - The Government of Manipur, one of the eight North-Eastern States of India, joined the international community in the World AIDS Day celebrations on 1st December, by rolling out the State's first comprehensive HIV prevention, care and support programme at the Sajiwa Central Prison. Read More ...

 


Asia and the Pacific: UN Regional Task Force meeting on injecting drug use and HIV/AIDS held in India


21 Februray 2011 - The UN Regional Task Force (RTF) meeting on injecting drug use and HIV/AIDS for Asia and the Pacific took place on 10 and 11 February 2011 in New Delhi, India. Read More ...

 


World AIDS Day commemorated across the world

Vienna, 1 December 2010 the 22nd anniversary of World AIDS Day. The theme for this year is "Universal Access and Human Rights". Commemorating World AIDS Day, a red ribbon illuminated the building of the UNODC office in Vienna to remember those lost to AIDS and to emphasize the importance of human rights for people living with HIV and people at risk of infection. Read more ...


 

Bangladesh: Unveiling the hidden tale of women affected by the drug epidemic


Dhaka, 25 November - The launch of the report titled "Female Drug Users and Female Regular Sex Partners of Male Drug Users in Bangladesh". Read more ...

 


 

Lessons learned from implementing the HIV/AIDS comprehensive harm reduction package in Indonesia


Jakarta, 15 November 2010 - Indonesia has made significant headway in addressing HIV prevention amongst drug users for over a decade. Read more ...

 


 

30 million men and women at risk for HIV every year in closed settings


In nearly all countries HIV prevalence in closed settings is particularly high, and higher than in the community, causing serious challenges to governments, non-governmental and international organizations. Close to 6% of male inmates tested at a São Paulo (Brazil) penitentiary, for example, were living with HIV. In several countries of sub-Saharan Africa, more than 20% or 30% of the prison population is living with HIV. Women in prisons are particularly affected by HIV. Read more ...

 


 

AIDS CONFERENCE 2010

The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learn, and collectively chart a course forward. Read more...

 


 

HAARP: Myanmar Achievements 2009

 

In 2008, HAARP HIV/AIDS Asia Regional Program, funded by Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), launched projects in China and five countries of South East Asia. This regional program was aimed at reducing the transmission of HIV amongst male and female injecting drug users. The Country Flexible Program (CFP) was contracted to local stakeholders as deemed appropriate. Read more ...

 


 

UNODC project to help Afghan drug users goes into action

 

If the AIDS epidemic is to be successfully challenged more needs to be done to provide comprehensive HIV services for drug users. UNODC has begun supporting implementation of a sub regional initiative to make such services accessible to Afghan refugees who use drugs in Iran and Pakistan, and to Afghan drug users who have returned home. Read more...

 


 

Scaling up HIV-related services for Afghan refugees who use drugs

 

17 March 2010 - Over the years, many Afghans have found themselves caught in the middle of two great, devastating forces: war, which has resulted in displacement on a massive scale, and the drug problem, which in many cases has caught up with those who have fled Afghanistan as they wait, often in refugee camps or makeshift shelters in Iran (Islamic Republic of) and Pakistan, to either return to their homes or start a new life elsewhere. Read more...

 


 

Commissioner of correctional services in Swaziland gets tested for HIV

 

5 March 2010 - Following the presentation of advocacy materials by UNODC to the Swazi correctional services, Commissioner Isaiah Ntshangase said he would like to take a public HIV test. UNODC collaborated with the Correctional Services' committee dealing with HIV and asked Population Services International to do the test since it provides health testing and counselling services. Read more ...

 


 

Launch of prison sports tournament

 

Venue: Matsapha Central Prison

13 February 2010- Patrick Dlamini (UNODC coordinator) discussing a point with Phindile Dlamini (Assistant Commissioner, Administration), while Clifford Vilakati (Assistant Commissioner, Operations) looks on during the launch of the prison sports tournament in Matsapha Prison.The launch was organized by UNODC together with the HIV Committee and the Sports Committee of Matsapha Central Correctional Institution. Read more ...

 


 

WORLD AIDS DAY 2009 in Vienna

 

1 December 2009 - On 1 December people around the world commemorated World AIDS Day, and several hundred colleagues, families, students and diplomats in the Vienna International Centre were no exception. The rotunda was filled with numerous information booths, to include the VIC Joint Medical Services, UN Cares and local NGO's of AIDSHILFE Wien and Buddyverein. Read more ...

 


 

HIV prevention, treatment and care among female drug users and women in prisons

 

22-29 November 2009 - A regional project on HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support for female injecting drug users and women in prison settings has been implemented since 2008 in three countries: Afghanistan, Nepal and Pakistan.The project is funded by Norway. Read more ...

 


 

V. Latin American and Caribbean Forum on HIV/AIDS and STD's

 

21-23 November 2009, Lima - The FORO 2009 was officially launched by the Minister of Health of Peru, Dr Oscar Raúl Ugarte Ubilluz together with the Minister of Labour, Jorge Elisban Villasante Aranibar, Director of Health Services of Peru, Dr Edward Cruz Sánchez, UNAIDS Regional Director for Latin America, César Antonio Núñez, Mrs. Guiselly Flores Arroyo, representing the Latin American network of people living with HIV, and Dr Jose Luis Sebastian Mesones, Technical Secretariat of the Horizontal Technical Cooperation Group and National AIDS Coordinator from Peru.

The team of UNODC who was present at the forum (staff from Latin America and from HQ) presented the UNODC HIV/AIDS Unit activities at the V Latin American conference on HIV and AIDS. These conferences are taking place every two years and give people the chance to discuss and highlight HIV related issues in that region. About 4000 people attended the conference. UN organizations, Government representatives, NGOs, scientists and networks were present, gave lectures and displayed their material.