Drug policy reform

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New policy for emergency personnel hailed as triumph for Georgian Harm Reduction Network

17 Sep 2014
Police will no longer have to be notified in the event of a possible drug overdose

Georgian Harm Reduction Network (GHRN) advocates are hailing the decision by government to overturn a requirement that ambulance and emergency personnel notify police when they respond to a possible drug overdose.

The decision, taken in August, means that people who inject drugs can access the care they may need without fear of persecution -- or prosecution.

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Global Fund to end funding for HIV services in drug treatment centres in Viet Nam

6 Jan 2014

The Global Fund will cease funding HIV treatment services operating in compulsory drug treatment centres in Viet Nam.

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Civil Society Has Had Limited Impact on Drug Policy Reform in Three Former Soviet Union Countries, Researchers Say

5 Oct 2012
Global Fund support for advocacy in these countries has been limited
CSOs fearful of challenging government policies

Editor’s note: In their paper, Andrew Harmer et al raise some interesting issues about the impact of Global Fund financing on civil society organisations not just in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, but also in other regions. Aidspan has created a Discussion Page on its website where GFO readers can engage in a discussion on these issues.

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