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Delivering Youth-Led Peer Education

This guide was developed as part of the international ‘Educate, empower and engage for healthy lives’ project. This guide was developed by a team of young people with personal experience as a young person who uses drugs and/or work with vulnerable young people. The guide was developed by the project team and then piloted in 4 countries (Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nigeria, and Portugal). The objective of the trainings, workshops and this guide is to promote healthy behaviours and lifestyle choices among young people who use drugs, or are at risk of using drugs, as well as contributing to the development of better youth policies that impact upon marginalised youth. Some of the activities have been drawn from a previous peer education guide produced by Youth RISE and other resources and activities that have proved effective in other peer education settings.


Harm Reduction Step By Step Guide

We all want the best for children and young people. We want to see them in safe housing, in school and doing well. However, where drugs are being used in harmful ways, including through injecting, harm reduction services play a crucial protective role in ensuring that unnecessary harm from drug use will not prevent or damage the longer term development of the child.
As harm reduction service providers, the first time we reflect on these complex issues is often when we are first presented with a child in need. In this situation we are required to quickly balance the legal, ethical, clinical and protection issues involved:
●● We may not be able to test for HIV under a certain age, even if we suspect that a child or young person may have HIV.

●● We might know that drug use in our society is controversial, and worry about the political and legal problems with providing services to children and young people.

●● We may fear personal attack from people who don’t agree with our work.

●● We might work in a country that has age restrictions on certain harm reduction services.

●● We may face personal challenges, such as not understanding the scale of the problem among young drug users.

●● We may feel morally or ethically ambivalent, or perhaps even feel morally and ethically certain about the inappropriateness of children and young people who inject drugs.

Taking a reactive approach to these questions leaves us with little room for consultation, exploring options, preparing ourselves or our organisation, and can leave us making rushed decisions with inadequate information.
A proactive approach will ensure your organisation is prepared and allow you to feel confident that you will provide the best service for the children and young people and that you have considered the implications for clients, individual staff and the organisation as a whole.
The aim of this toolkit is to help you move to a more proactive approach. By working through the following steps your organisation can explore how prepared it currently is to support children and young people, and from there can develop policies and procedures for working with children and young people who inject.


HIV, HCV, TB and Harm Reduction in Prisons

This report recognises that the right to health and freedom from ill treatment are inseparable, which places human rights-based prison monitors, particularly those with a preventative mandate, in a unique and critical position to consider these issues. It notes, however, that this is not yet occurring in an adequately systematic or comprehensive manner, and provides specific recommendations to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) and the United Nations Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT). Read more.. 


HIV and AIDS, Data Hub for Asia-Pacific

Since 2008, the HIV and AIDS Data Hub has been providing decision-makers and experts high quality, accessible and up-to-date data on HIV in Asia and the Pacific. They work with many regional and national partners to compile, update and analyse evidence on the HIV epidemic in Asia and the Pacific. Read more..



How do we close the gap between the people moving forward and the people being left behind? This was the question we set out to answer in the UNAIDS Gap report. Similar to the Global report, the goal of the Gap report is to provide the best possible data, but, in addition, to give information and analysis on the people being left behind.


prevention gap report

Efforts to reach fewer than 500 000 new HIV infections by 2020 are off track. This simple conclusion sits atop a complex and diverse global tapestry. Data from 146 countries show that some have achieved declines in new HIV infections among adults of 50% or more over the last 10 years, while many others have not made measurable progress, and yet others have experienced worrying increases in new HIV infections. More on the Prevention Gap report | Slides are also available for download | Download summary


Stigma and Discrimination Experienced by Sex Workers Living with HIV

This briefing paper looks at the different types of stigma and discrimination experienced by sex workers living with HIV globally. Sex workers living with HIV are at increased risk of violence, criminalisation and vulnerability to other infections. This briefing paper provides recommendations for policies and practices which respect their  human rights. It uses case studies that highlight the experiences of sex workers living with HIV and the efforts required to meet their needs, and advocate for their rights. A Community Guide is also available. Read more.. 



HIV and Prisons in sub-Saharan Africa

This document presents an abridged analytical summary of the inventory of existing information on HIV among prison communities in sub-Saharan Africa, identifies gaps in information and proposes a framework for action. The key finding is that there is insufficient knowledge about the prison community, both in and out of correctional facilities. What is known is alarming and underscores the importance of acting rapidly to fill information gaps in order to better assess national situations, identify good practices and support more effective national policies, programs and service delivery. The document includes a section on next steps, which can be adapted to meet differing country circumstances. Read more..




This briefing paper is an update and elaboration of NSWP’s consultation with its membership over the use of PrEP and Early Treatment as HIV Prevention Strategies. It provides insight into what sex workers think about PrEP and the concerns they have about it, including legal barriers, side effects, and what actions should be taken before consideration of the introduction of PrEp. A community guide is also available here. Read more..


World Drug Report 2016

The World Drug Report 2016 is published in the wake of the landmark moment in global drug policy, the special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem. Read more..