Drop-in Center

Drop-in Center

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The facility is not only meant to respond to the need of low-threshold programs for drug users, but also to demonstrate a good practice model for work with this group in the city. The center operates daily from Monday through Saturday and is run by a trained ex drug users who attend the visitors. Besides that the center also provides the specialized trainings for IDUs and their family members in an informal setting.

In the drop-in center every visitor can obtain:

• Clean needles and syringes (as well as turning back used ones).
• Sterile injecting paraphernalia /metal caps, cotton filters, citric acid, disinfection materials
• Condoms
• Information materials regarding safe injecting, HIV/AIDS prevention, hepatitis, STIs, overdosing, etc.
• Self support groups conducted by psychologist.
• Referrals for medical treatment

In the drop-in center every visitor can obtain information regarding the reduction of drug use related risks, existing treatment alternatives.

Peer Support Activities

The self support activities like (recreational activities, information, training, peer support) activities will be facilitated in the DIC to encourage positive living. One SHG meeting each will be conducted in the DICs every month. Outreach worker will facilitate this meeting to discussion self care- treatment preparedness, consumer literacy, prevention of OIs, positive living, and sharing to learn from each other. Resource persons will be invited to different meeting to provide in-depth knowledge on identified issues. The support groups will be linked to HIV positive networks. Peers from the support groups will actively engage in providing information on safer practices, positive living, and also about existing services in all service contacts and motivational interactions to help them access to services.

Leadership Training

Training for IDUs will be conducted during the project span. This will build capacity for the existing self help groups (SHG)/support group of LEPRA- SAKHYAM and sustain such activities and also for community development of IDUs, IDU-PLHA and family members of IDUs, sexual partners/widow of male IDUs. Formation of a network of volunteers to assist LEPRA care and support activities will be experimented through these trainings, so that they will proceed with the activities on their own.

Advocacy Programmes

      The networks involved by LEPRA, KNP+, BNP+, ONP+, SAKHA, ASHRYA, OSACS, UNDP and de addiction centers will implement the advocacy on the treatment issue. The issues will be taken from the result of the assessment. The HOPE is in the process of conducting advocacy programmes at different levels. Issues identified in the needs assessment by OSACS will be pushed by LEPRA/HOPE to be incorporated and highlighted in advocacy programmes of the above-mentioned Networks and hence no cost will be involved.

      Media also plays an important role in raising awareness as well as to report facts or ground realities. The project will identify supportive journalist and reporters in the print and electronic media to report positive case studies as well as report discrimination and rights violations at the hospital and community level. The project would work with journalists to report at least two positive case studies and at least three incidences of discrimination and rights violations in the local and national newspapers with support of AVA (RRTC).





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