UNODC, AFEW-Tajikistan Conduct Training on HIV Prevention for Law Enforcement Officers

26-26 February 2019, Dushanbe, Tajikistan - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime jointly with the AIDS Foundation East-West in the Republic of Tajikistan (AFEW) conducted a training on "HIV infection, legislation on HIV / AIDS and expanding an access of people with HIV to therapeutic services" for 25 law enforcement officers of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Welcoming the participants, Mr. Nuriddin Najmidinzoda, the Deputy Head of the Medical Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan, stressed on the importance of the role of law enforcement agencies in reducing the spread of HIV infection and ensuring the access to qualified care.

"Police can play an important role in reducing the risks of HIV infection among PWID and the entire community through cooperation with harm reduction programmes." - highlighted Ms. Ashita Mittal, UNODC Regional representative for Central Asia, in her address.

The training aimed to raise awareness among law enforcement officers in ​​HIV prevention, the implementation of HIV prevention programs and the reduction of drug abuse. The training also focused on the importance of working with local community and medical institutions to increase access to services for vulnerable groups.

UNODC supports the Member States in the development of expanded access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services. The training was conducted within the framework of Sub-Programme 3 "Drug Prevention, Treatment, Reintegration and HIV Prevention" of the Programme for Central Asia 2015-2019.

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