Drug policies in most countries in the region focus on strong law enforcement, with little space given to health protection and social inclusion. Nevertheless, some countries have recently responded to the increased demand for treatment and rehabilitation with some level of healthcare and harm reduction services.
One of the main outcomes of the seminar was the proposal to set up a network of professionals working in the different addiction treatment centers in the country, in order to exchange knowledge and expertise, harmonise practice, elaborate guidelines and share key data.
SIGAR suggests that the United States' ineffective policies and efforts to reduce opium cultivation in Afghanistan dramatically affected vulnerable populations who either grow or consume opium and continue to suffer immensely.
The MENA Coalition on HIV and Human Rights (MENA H Coalition) would like to formally announce its interest in applying for the Multi-Country Request for Proposals launched by the Global Fund to address the “Sustainability of services for Key Populations in the MENA region”.