From 8-10 April representatives of eight countries will get together in Amsterdam to present their achievements within the “People who Use Drugs Project” as part of the Bridging the Gaps – Health and Rights of Key Populations programme. 

Exchanging best practices; sharing lessons learned; and strategizing on different themes

The following themes will be discussed during the meeting in Amsterdam:

  • Access to and quality of healthcare services for people who use drugs;
  • Integration of services into national health systems; and
  • The protection of human rights of people who use drugs

Partners involved in the project will share with each other the progress that is made in the different countries in these areas. The meeting is expected to become a good platform for all partner organisations not only for linking and learning but also for discussing and developing the strategic plan for the rest of their work within the Bridging the Gaps programme. Participants will have ample opportunities to learn from each other, to go into more depth on specific themes related to programming for people who use drugs and to consider revision of their project or adding valuable solutions initiated in countries. Finally, the participants will share thoughts on the global efforts to advocate for human rights of people who use drugs.

Bringing together 45 participants from 8 countries

The event will invite nearly 45 participants from Georgia, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, PakistanTajikistan and Ukraine representing over 30 local service providers that work directly with the target group. The participants will explore further collaboration between these NGOs and establish a mechanism in which they could exchange experiences, share best practices and develop joint activities. The format of the meeting will include presentations, separate workshops and group discussions.

Key note speakers: Jasper van Dijk and Marijke Wijnroks

On Wednesday afternoon April 9, the meeting opens for key stakeholders and other professionals who are interested  in the programme. Mr. Jasper van Dijk, Member of Parliament and Chair of the Multi-Party Initiative for HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health and rights and Ms. Marijke Wijnroks, Chair of Staff at the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, will be two of the key note speakers during this afternoon session.

Technical details of the meeting

Date: 8-10 April, 2014
Location: Lloyd hotel, Amsterdam

More information?

Click here to download a PDF with further details about the event. If you wish to attend the open part of the meeting on Wednesday afternoon or if you would like to get more information about this meeting, please  contact us.

Background information

AFEW International and Mainline are implementing partners for the “People who use Drugs” (PUD) project within the Bridging the Gaps programme. Click here to find out more about the health and human rights of people who use drugs

For more information about AFEW International please visit
For more information about Mainline please visit

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