The CAHR project aims to engage with policy institutes and stakeholders at a local and national level to develop policies which effectively address the challenges of HIV and drug use.
Programme partners in-country will work with relevant authorities and implementation agencies to ensure that existing policies are adjusted to:
- Include essential public health, well-being, and human rights considerations.
- Utilise the latest scientific and empirical evidence of intervention and policy effectiveness.
- Address the needs affected populations including people who use drugs, their families and partners.
Based on the results of a situation assessment and available third party data it is expected that national policy priorities will include:
- Improving the interpretation and application of the drug control policies and legislation by the local law enforcement and other authorities. The CAHR implementation partners will work closely with the local academic institutions and other relevant national stakeholders to update policies in order to support public health agendas and human rights imperatives.
- Policies which support access for people who use drugs to essential antiretroviral treatment, including tailored marketing strategies for HIV counselling, testing and referrals.
- Developing policies which allow the effective use of community-based psycho-social support and other forms of support to increase uptake and retention in drug substitution programmes.
- Policies which support the support the employment and rehabilitation of people who use drugs.
- An analysis of existing and proposed new policies in view of the essential needs, rights and interests (including sexual and reproductive health and rights) of people who use drugs, their partners and families.