The objectives of development should be integrated into drug policies, particularly in developing countries. Crop eradication should not be carried out unless alternative livelihoods and the infrastructure on which they depend have been put in place first. In addition, the effectiveness of drug policies must be gauged against developmental and human security criteria.
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”.
Eastern Africa needs to be taking an approach to drug use that reduces its harm, through the provision of clean needles and syringes and opioid substitution therapy, rather than continuing to punish people for their drug use.