Monthly Archives: September 2012

Uganda Harm Reduction Network is supporting member of Eurasian Harm Reduction Network – EHRN Members

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Uganda Harm Reduction Programs

Human Rights and Advocacy We advocate against human rights abuses committed in the name of drug control and promote the full realization of the human rights of people who use drugs and those affected by drug use, the drug trade

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THE GLOBAL STATE OF HARM REDUCTION

http://www.ihra.net/files/2012/07/24/GlobalState2012_Web.pdf In 2008, Harm Reduction International released the Global State of Harm Reduction, a report that mapped responses to drug-related HIV and hepatitis C epidemics around the world for the first time. The report has since been published every two years. The

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Uganda Harm Reduction is Network Member of International Drug Policy consortium

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Uganda’s Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law Wins Major Human Rights Award: Calls on Government to Cease the Unwarranted Intimidation of Civil Society

http://www.ugandans4rights.org/publications-downloads/press_Release_16th_8_2012.pdf On Friday 3rd August, 2012, Uganda’s Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights & Constitutional Law (CSCHRCL) was deeply honoured to receive the highly prestigious Human Rights Defenders Award 2011 from the US State Department. In presenting the award, US

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http://idpc.net/region/sub-saharan-africa/Prevalence of drug abuse in Eastern Africa

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The Eastern Africa region is composed of 11 countries by UNODC report including Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eretria, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Mauritius and Madagascar.

East Africa is biggest producer of the cannabis plant. An anecdotal report from these countries continues to show that cannabis poses the biggest problem in terms of use and trafficking.

This report by the Uganda Harm Reduction Network includes a country-by-country overview on drug use prevalence, information on the regional perspective and cooperation in Eastern Africa, as well as recommendations on strengthening national drug control legislations and other areas of drug policy.

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WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS

Personal values, attitudes and misconceptions To put harm reduction into practice, it is important to convey acceptance and support individuals to become the experts in their own lives. The service provider, regardless of their beliefs should not show disapproval of

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MENTAL HEALTH

Substance use problems are commonly seen in mental health.  Sometimes this is referred to as concurrent disorder, dual diagnosis, dual disorders, co-morbidity and co-occurring substance abuse disorders and mental disorders.  To encourage sensitivity to the stigmas associated to these terms,

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Opportunities for prevention of overdose

Taking opportunities to engage with individuals regarding issues concerning overdosing is essential in overdose prevention.   This consists of building individual relationships, discussing changes in the individuals’ drug tolerance, and identifying safety concerns such as communicating safety plans when using which

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UHRN Procedures to help someone who has collapsed?

Assess the situation Stay calm and examine the area for potential dangers to you, the victim and others. Look for needles, blood and any surrounding dangers. Ensure a safe environment for the victim and yourself by dealing with the dangers

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