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.
The Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Association reports on the topics of discussion and suggestions of the third Consultative Meeting on “Law Enforcement and the Rights of People Living with and affected by HIV”.
Whilst WHO member states aim to eliminate hepatitis C by 2030, interviews with 'at risk' individuals suggest that insufficient awareness of the illness and a lack of health facilities act as barriers to these ambitious targets.
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.